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20,000 seek Ikea jobs in Spain, crashing server

A flood of 20,000 applications for jobs at a new Ikea store in Spain crashed the company's Internet server, forcing it to suspend the hiring process, the Swedish furniture giant said on Wednesday. The company posted an online questionnaire on Monday for applicants to work at the store, due to open early next year in Alfafar in the eastern region of Valencia where the unemployment rate is over 28 percent. "We have received so many applications to work for us in Ikea Valencia Alfafar that our server has collapsed," the company said in a Facebook message.

IKEA spikes article on lesbian couple in Russian edition of magazine due to new Russian law

HELSINKI - Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has spiked an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county's law on gay propaganda. IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson says the story about the couple living with their child in London appeared in the December print edition of its club magazine and was available for customers in 25 markets worldwide, but not in Russia.

Ikea France bosses under investigation for alleged snooping

PARIS (Reuters) - Public prosecutors have placed the French unit of Swedish furniture retailer Ikea and its two top executives under formal investigation on allegations of illegally gathering data on employees and clients, Ikea France said on Wednesday. The company confirmed that Ikea France itself, Chief Executive Stefan Vanoverbeke and Chief Financial Officer Dariusz Rychert had been placed under such an investigation - a move which in French law precedes a possible trial unless the inquiry is dropped at a later stage.

3 IKEA France execs charged in spying scandal: judicial source

Three executives at IKEA France, including the CEO, were charged on Tuesday in connection with allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source told AFP. IKEA France's CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke, CFO Dariusz Rychert and the company's former CEO, Jean-Louis Baillot, were charged with "complicity to collect personal data" and "complicity to violate professional secrecy", the source said. All three were formally held for questioning by police in Versailles, near Paris, on Monday.

IKEA executives charged over allegations of illegal snooping on staff, customers

PARIS - France issued preliminary charges Tuesday against the CEO and chief financial officer of IKEA France in a case alleging they snooped illegally on employees and customers. IKEA France confirmed the charges were brought late Tuesday against CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke and finance chief Dariusz Rycher, who were both held for questioning Monday and Tuesday. The company said in a statement it would co-operate in the case.

Three IKEA France execs charged in spying scandal: judicial source

Three executives at IKEA France, including the CEO, were charged on Tuesday in connection with allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source told AFP. IKEA France's CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke, CFO Dariusz Rychert and the company's former CEO, Jean-Louis Baillot, were charged with "complicity to collect personal data" and "complicity to violate professional secrecy", the source said. All three were formally held for questioning by police in Versailles, near Paris, on Monday.

Three IKEA France execs charged in spying scandal: judicial source

Three executives at IKEA France, including the CEO, were charged on Tuesday over allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source told AFP. The move comes after IKEA France's CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke, CFO Dariusz Rychert and the company's former CEO, Jean-Louis Baillot, were formally detained for questioning by police in Versailles on Monday. sde/caz/mfp/boc

IKEA France executives questioned in spying scandal

Two executives at IKEA France were being questioned by police Monday as part of a probe into allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source said. Stefan Vanoverbeke, IKEA France's CEO, and CFO Dariusz Rychert were formally detained for questioning by police in Versailles on Monday morning, the source told AFP. The questioning was expected to last until late Monday, the source said. The company's former CEO, Jean-Louis Baillot, was also being questioned, a police source said separately.

Two IKEA France execs held in spying scandal: judicial source

Two executives at IKEA France were being questioned by police Monday as part of a probe into allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source said. Stefan Vanoverbeke, IKEA France's CEO, and CFO Dariusz Rychert were formally detained for questioning by police in Versailles on Monday morning, the source told AFP. The questioning was expected to last until late Monday, the source said. Representatives of IKEA France were not immediately available for comment.

Two IKEA France execs held in spying scandal: judicial source

Two executives at IKEA France were being questioned by police Monday as part of a probe into allegations the company used illegal police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source said. Stefan Vanoverbeke, IKEA France's CEO, and CFO Dariusz Rychert were formally detained for questioning by police in Versailles on Monday morning, the source told AFP. sde/mm/ach/ric
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