Ikea sees annual United Kingdom sales top £1.8bn

Customers drive to a new Ikea store in B

Ikea has been expanding in the UK

This is IKEA UK's sixth consecutive year of growth, with a +57 per cent increase in sales over the last six years.

Today, home furnishings retailer IKEA announces total sales of £1.814 billion in the United Kingdom for the financial year ending 31 August 2017 (FY17), an uplift of +5.8 per cent compared to the previous year.

As we celebrate our 30 anniversary this year, we remain committed to the United Kingdom and are proud to have achieved another successful year of growth.

By the end of the current fiscal year, Ikea UK said it aimed employ to a further 850 people through its new Exeter and Greenwich stores. Online sales were up 10 per cent and contribute 15 per cent of overall turnover.

Gillian Drakeford added: "We have ambitious expansion plans for the United Kingdom and are committed to making Ikea more accessible to the many people".

Ikea is expanding across the United Kingdom, and opened a new store in Sheffield in September, which created 480 jobs.

"We also rebuilt many of our self-serve areas by creating wider aisles so that it's a safer and more pleasant shopping experience for customers. In addition to our global acquisition of TaskRabbit, we also launched click-and-collect in all order and collection points".

The firm added 1,000 new jobs during the year, bringing worker numbers to 10,900.

Ikea has invested an extra £4m in its workforce over the financial year due to its new intake of employees, and the company's commitment to paying the rate of pay set by the Living Wage Foundation.

"This includes the introduction of one weekend off in four for all co-workers, even if they are part-time, and providing rotas at least four weeks in advance".

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She added: "We're thrilled to have achieved these results while investing in our people, contributing positively to the United Kingdom society and making Ikea more accessible".

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