IKEA closes around 15 stores in China due to virus outbreak

January 30, 2020 | 08:49
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Sweden's IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, said it was temporarily closing around half of its 30 stores in China as deaths in the country from the fast-spreading new coronavirus rose to 132 on Wednesday (Jan 29).
ikea closes around 15 stores in china due to virus outbreak
Ikea apologised to Chinese customers as it announced a recall of more than 1.6 million cabinets and File photo of an Ikea store in China. (Photo: AFP/Liu Jin)

"In response to the Chinese government's call for efficient control of the spread of the disease IKEA China will from Jan 29 temporarily close around half of the stores in China," it said in a statement.

"Affected employees will stay at home until further notice with pay," it said.

Ingka Group last week closed its store in Wuhan, where the virus emerged last month.

The company employs around 14,000 people in China.


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