IKEA tests out new ‘showroom concept’

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA has been best known for its large warehouse-style stores on the outskirts of urban areas, but now it’s testing a new “showroom concept” in Oslo. A relatively small IKEA will open on an otherwise high-end retail street in the Skøyen district on the city’s affluent west side. “We’re hoping to attract […]

Sunday shopping reform suspended

Norway’s conservative coalition government is giving up its efforts, at least during this parliamentary period, to reform the country’s laws that severely restrict shopping on Sundays. A new government commission, however, will evaluate regulations for shopping both in stores and online, and make reform recommendations. Government Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland of the Conservative Party confirmed to Norwegian Broadcasting […]

REMA checks out of Sunday battle

Norway’s grocery store battle over Sunday openings took a new twist in the middle of the long holiday weekend, when the REMA 1000 chain announced it would no longer defy the country’s ban on Sunday shopping. REMA will now keep its stores shut on Sunday, but only because some of its main rivals like KIWI and Joker are […]

Norway ‘closes’ for holiday weekend

As Norwegians headed into an unusually long holiday weekend on Friday, many were stocking up in advance. The country’s state-run liquor stores (Vinmonopolet) were due to close at 6pm on Friday , for example, and won’t re-open until Wednesday morning. Business was expected to be especially brisk before Norway started shutting down for not only the annual pinse (Whitsund) […]

Mood changes at ‘Moods of Norway’

The once high-flying Norwegian clothing chain “Moods of Norway” has been suffering some wear and tear of late. A new survey by trade association Virke shows that it suffered the biggest downturn of all retailers in the local apparel trade last year, with revenues down 5.3 percent. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that after posting profits […]

IKEA loses ‘tax tricks’ case in Norway

The giant home furnishings retailer IKEA can expect a large bill for back taxes from the Norwegian state after it lost a second round in court last week. It failed to win a legal nod on any of its points in a case that has left it accused of simply trying to cut its taxes. Neither the Norwegian tax […]

‘Lime’ fraud case gets underway

Three prosecutors, 26 defense attorneys and 13 defendants finally assembled in an Oslo courtroom this week, as the so-called “Lime case” got underway. It’s likely to go on for at leave five months, as the court hears arguments regarding 205 criminal charges. The case dates back to the fall of 2014, when police and investigators […]

Absurdity rules in Sunday shopping

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s debate over shopping on Sundays took off again this week, after the three most powerful grocery chains that wield control over consumers ended up in a highly public brawl involving police. The noisy conflict also highlights absurdities in current law that provide numerous loopholes for those opposing Sunday shopping to actually profit from it. It remains, in […]

More petrol station changes loom

Norwegian drivers need to brace for major changes when they’re out driving this year. The country’s three largest petrol station chains are all set to change their identities or product lines. In addition to Statoil becoming “Circle K” by late spring, Esso stations in Norway will soon boast different inventory in their convenience stores. Newspaper Dagens […]

Statoil stations soon to disappear

Norway is about to lose one of its biggest international brand names, when all of the hundreds of Statoil gasoline stations and convenience stores in Europe are converted to Circle K stations later this year. The conversions will begin soon in Norway and Sweden, and some Norwegians aren’t very happy about it. The state council charged with strengthening and […]