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Ikea opens first outlet in Philippines -- its largest globally

Swedish retailer rides home furnishings boom as it fights supply crunch

Ikea will sell 8,200 products -- everything from picture frames, lamps and sofas, to desks and kitchenware -- at its first store in the Philippines. (Photo by Cliff Venzon)

MANILA -- Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea on Thursday opened its first outlet in the Philippines and its biggest branch in the world. In doing so, it faces a blessing and a curse: The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged consumer spending on home improvements; it has also disrupted its global supply chain.

Ikea wants to pull in 7 million shoppers during its first full year of operation and plans to open a number of stores to serve the Southeast Asian nation of 109 million people, store manager Georg Platzer said.

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