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Instruction manuals tell us more than how to use a product

by Janet Nguyen and David Brancaccio May 29, 2018
They're the "supporting actress waiting in the wings," says the BBC's Helene Schumacher.
A view of one of Ikea's instruction manuals.
Ikea

More than the meatballs: The economic enigma of Ikea

by Molly Wood Nov 23, 2016
How the furniture giant is able to lower prices over time.
An IKEA employee displays the new IKEA vegetarian meatballs, during a worldwide launch at IKEA Anderlecht, on April 8, 2015.
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How do you define the American dream? Ikea wants to know

by David Brancaccio Sep 21, 2016
Can a company built on selling stuff help Americans achieve sustainable, happy lives?
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How many people actually attach their cheap Ikea furniture to the wall?

by Tony Wagner Jun 29, 2016
Ikea's recall of tens of millions of dressers got us wondering.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Elliot Kaye and CPSC employees watch as a falls under an Ikea dresser during a live demonstration at in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Ikea is recalling its hugely popular Malm line of dressers after several children were crushed to death when they tipped over. 
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Meet the woman behind Ikea's living wage calculator

by Krissy Clark Aug 6, 2014
Ikea will use an MIT project to set wages in its stores across the U.S.
Final Note

Ikea: New Yorkers spend a lot of time in the bathroom

by Kai Ryssdal Jun 5, 2014
In which Ikea reveals it knows way too much about us.

CGI in ads grows more popular

by Sally Herships Nov 5, 2012
The Swedish furniture maker Ikea increasingly relies on CGI -- computer-generated imagery -- to "make" the items in its catalog. It's enough to raise the question of whether computer graphics could ever replace people in the fashion photography business.

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Made in IKEA?

by Sarah Gardner Oct 1, 2012
IKEA says it regrets a decision to airbrush women out of its Saudi Arabian catalogs. The images included one of a mom in her p.j.s, standing at the bathroom sink with her young son.
Codebreaker

Build your flat-packed furniture faster

by Marc Sanchez Feb 22, 2012
There's no way IKEA furniture is this easy.

IKEA posts record profits for 2011

by Christopher Werth Jan 20, 2012
Despite the global downturn, and more recently, the European debt crisis, IKEA has continued to thrive as a global business.