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CITY VIEWS: HAS IKEA SAID GOODBYE TO ITS GLORY DAYS?

<!--StartFragment--> <strong>ANDREW GARRARD </strong> WILLIS<br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a sign of the times. Perhaps people have forgotten their old &lsquo;Chuck out your chintz&rsquo; slogan, or maybe they&rsquo;re moving on to the pound shop. Ikea is a bit of a first-time buyers&rsquo; store and obviously there are less of those around at the moment.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>IAIN MUIRHEAD </strong> ITECH<br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not an attractive store for many people. There&rsquo;s a lot more choice these days and you can get furniture delivered too. I haven&rsquo;t got time to go to Ikea and it&rsquo;s always packed at the weekend anyway so you can&rsquo;t really shop properly.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>NIGEL JARVIS </strong> AAA IRB<br />&ldquo;People are choosing to save money and they don&rsquo;t want to spend on name brands. There&rsquo;s no embarrassment about doing that any more. Ikea has never been particularly upmarket though, so I&rsquo;m a bit surprised that they&rsquo;re struggling.&rdquo; <!--EndFragment-->