OPEN BOOK: Swedish furniture giant Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims it benefited from forced labor in communist East Germany.
DETAILS: The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea used East German suppliers who employed prisoners — some of whom were political dissidents — to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s.
WEEK'S END: The company declined to discuss the findings ahead of Friday's release of the report, which was commissioned after a Swedish television documentary in June repeated claims first aired in Germany last year. But spokeswoman Sabine Nold said that Ikea took the allegations very seriously and strongly condemned any use of forced labor.
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