Ikea expects supply woes to spill into 2022

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Ikea’s annual sales have surpassed pre-pandemic levels but global supply shortages that have pestered the Swedish furniture giant will persist well into 2022, its holding company said yesterday.

The group posted record turnover of EUR41.9 billion (USD48.7 billion) between September 2020 and August 2021, a six- per-cent jump from the previous fiscal year, according to Inter Ikea.

“It wasn’t easy. Keeping IKEA stores and warehouses stocked has been a challenge,” Inter Ikea said in a statement.

“During FY21 we saw a substantial drop in availability that we have not yet recovered from, and this will continue far into FY22 (which ends in August 2022).”

Suppliers have struggled to keep up with a surge in demand for goods as economies have reopened following lockdowns and restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are not enough containers to meet demand and goods are stuck in bottlenecks at major ports.

Despite the supply issues, Ingka Group, the main franchisee of Ikea that runs 378 of 422 stores worldwide, also reported a six-per-cent rise in turnover, propelled by online shopping and a change in consumer habits as people have been forced to work from home.