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Ikea’s growth in China and Europe boosts staff bonuses

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Sales grew in most of the retailer’s markets in 2014, but profits were flat after major payout to workersIkea paid out hundreds of millions of euros in bonuses to its staff last year after growth in China and recovery in its European markets boosted sales.The Swedish group famed for its flat-pack furniture and meatballs said that sales grew in most of its markets in 2014, but profits were flat after a big payout to staff. Continue reading...

Social care funding in a ‘ridiculous situation’, says LGA head

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David Sparks calls for an extra £1.1bn of funding for councils to maintain a ‘civilised level of care’The head of the Local Government Association, David Sparks, has described social care funding in England and Wales as being in a “ridiculous situation” as councils are having to cut key services to fund care for the elderly.Sparks, who runs the body that represents councils, called for an extra £1.1bn of funding for local authorities to maintain a “civilised level of care”. Continue ... more

Casting the Bafta awards masks – in pictures

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The Guardian’s photographer Sarah Lee went to New Pro Foundries to discover just how the Bafta awards masks are made, ahead of the awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 8 February Continue reading...

Have you tried the full English breakfast detox? – video

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With celebrity advocates from Gwyneth Paltrow to Oprah Winfrey, detoxing has become big business – even though many doctors claim the only thing really getting cleansed is our wallets. Rich Peppiatt thinks he's found the solution to our detoxing obsession … and it tastes a bit like liquified animal. No, really• Detox product commercials thanks to: 48 hour Rapid Detox, Chemist Warehouse, Coconut Detox, Swisse Wellness, Fully Raw by Kristina, Lee Haney's Nutritional Support Systems, Orgorgeous, Apupeds Detox Foot Pads ... more

Blink-182's Tom DeLonge responds to quit rumours

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The pop punk group’s frontman says he tried to make things work with the band but their relationship has been ‘poisoned’ The messy break-up of Blink-182 looks set to roll on. Following conflicting stories from band members as to the status of the group, frontman Tom DeLonge has posted an open letter on his Facebook page attempting to explain his side of the story. He wrote: “I’ve tried to make things work. I’ve tried to help move this band down ... more