Tuesday 27 September 2016

Record 2.6 million visits to Ikea store last year

Gordon Deegan

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

Ikea. Photo: PA
Ikea. Photo: PA

Our love of all things Ikea reached new heights last year as the firm's Dublin store enjoyed its busiest year yet in Ireland, with record profits.

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Ikea Ireland yesterday confirmed that 2.6 million people went through the doors of its Ballymun store - and an average of €361,000 was spent every day at the outlet in the 12 months to the end of August last year.

The total number of visitors to the store last year was 200,000 more than in 2014, and it almost doubled its pre-tax profits to €13.1m.

Sales totalled €131.95m for the year - €2.5m per week or more than €361,500 per day, up 17pc on 2014.

However, Ikea Dublin store manager Marsha Smith wasn't getting too carried away with the store's record performance yesterday.

"What we have seen over the past few years is that where we invest, we see growth, whether it be in improving the shopping experience for our customers, lowering our prices or in developing and rewarding our people," she said.

Asked about whether Ikea had any plans to expand here, Ms Smith replied: "Ikea are committed to expanding in the Irish market and have been identifying sites in Ireland for a potential second store. However, we have no further plans to confirm at the current time."

Irish Independent

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