Ikea to Repay Government Staff Furlough Payments

By Gary Cutlack on at

Ikea is going to hand back furlough payments made by nine governments around the world, seeing as we're all back firmly in the mindset of queuing for half a day for new shelving for our ironic vinyl collection to sit on.

This doesn't include the UK, though, as Ikea didn't take any money from our government under the job retention scheme; it paid the cost of furloughed staff here – 10,000 of them – all by itself. That's nice of it. The company did furlough staff via government-paid schemes in nine countries, though, including the US, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Belgium, and says it's now "more hopeful" about retail things returning to near olde worlde normals. [BBC]