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Online sales, foreign expansion boost Ikea sales

AFP  |  Madrid 

Swedish giant on Wednesday reported rising sales for the year to August, helped by a big and new store openings, including its first in

Total store turnover, comprising sales of both products and services, rose 1.3 percent to 38.8 billion euros ($44.5 billion) from 38.3 billion euros a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Adjusted for currency impact, sales were up 4.5 percent at its over 400 worldwide stores.

"It was an incredible year," Jesper Brodin, the new of the which owns the bulk of stores, told reporters in at an event to promote its new city centre store in the Spanish capital timed to coincide with the release of the yearly results.

Best known for its low-cost flat-pack and sprawling out-of-town stores, opened 19 new outlets around the globe, including its first in and in August. It is now present in over 50 markets worldwide.

Ikea announced it will open its first store in the in 2019, after a decade of negotiations, and on Tuesday the company said it plans to bring its products to for the first time with new openings "soon" in Chile, and

The company's results were also helped by rising Ikea's websites received 2.5 billion visits, an 8.7 percent jump over its previous fiscal year.

Ikea recently begun opening smaller shops in city centres that have less stock as part of a major transformation that has also seen it move more resources to and focus more on emerging markets.

As part of its push into Ikea offers an augmented reality app which allows customers to place virtually in their home.

Brodin said the opening of city centre shops was a response to changing lifestyles since fewer people own cars.

said in a separate statement that its full-year sales rose to 34.8 billion euros from 34.1 billion euros a year earlier. Ikea is not listed and as a result it is not obligated to publish its net profit or other financial details.

The company's founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a small-scale mail order business he founded as a teenager in 1943 at his family's farm into one of the world's best known furniture, died in January aged 91.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 22:45 IST