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MOSCOW (Reuters) – IKEA Group on Thursday signed a delivery cooperation agreement with Russian Post in a bid to reach more customers as it develops its local online business.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of IKEA is seen above a store in Voesendorf, Austria, April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo
In a joint statement, the two companies said they were currently negotiating the terms of the agreement, which is expected to start in 2019.
“The cooperation with Russian Post is an important step towards creating an efficient system of multi-channel sales,” said Pontus Erntell, the furniture retailer’s Russia country manager.
“The large network that the federal (postal) operator has will allow all residents of Russia to have access to our offering,” he added.
IKEA, known for its flat-packed self-assembly furniture, owns 14 hypermarkets in 11 Russian cities. In the past year, it has focused on bringing customers online and that business now accounts for 8 percent of its Russian turnover.
Erntell earlier said that IKEA was looking to sign strategic partnerships with Russian companies to boost its local online business.
State-run Russian Post has 42,000 branches across Russia.
Reporting by Maria Kolomychenko; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Kirsten Donovan
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Dialog Semiconductor said Apple now planned to source the main power management chips (PMICs) for one of its three new iPhone models from two suppliers instead of just from the German chipmaker.
That means that Apple will order 30 percent fewer of the chips from Dialog this year than it had initially expected, Dialog said in a statement on Thursday.
The news sent its shares 3.9 percent lower in late Frankfurt trade. Dialog’s stock has lost more than half of its value over the past year on investor concerns that Apple is working on its own battery-saving chips for iPhones.
Analysts reckon Dialog derives more than half its revenue from supplying Apple with PMICs.
The reduced order volume for the PMICs will shave 5 percent off the chipmaker’s 2018 revenues, but Dialog said it still expected its 2018 revenues to grow year-on-year.
The impact on 2019 revenues is likely to be similar, Chief Executive Jalal Bagherli told analysts on a conference call.
He said Apple had not provided a reason for the change in its sourcing of chips.
“If you think about the fact that we are qualified for all three phones, that means there is no performance-related issue. It might be a statement of intent to reduce risk on having one supplier and have an alternative source,” he said.
He also said Apple had not told him who the second, new supplier of the main PMICs was but said he saw it as very likely that it was an in-house source at Apple.
Apple did not change the projected order volume for the other power management chip that Dialog is supplying for the new iPhone models – the sub-PMIC – nor for all other PMICs, including those for tablets, wearables and notebooks.
Dialog said it would continue to explore new mixed-signal opportunities outside of power management for future Apple products.
Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Adrian Croft and Alexandra Hudson
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) on Wednesday was told to pay about 250 million euros ($ 294.38 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg, the latest U.S. tech company to be caught up in a European Union crackdown on unfair tax deals.
The fine was much lower than some sources close to the case had expected and is only a fraction of the 13 billion euros that Apple Inc APPL.O was ordered to pay to Ireland last year.
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has other big U.S. tech companies in her sights, has taken a tough line on multinational companies’ approach to tax.
“Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Amazon. As a result, almost three quarters of Amazon’s profits were not taxed,” Vestager said.
Amazon said it was considering an appeal.
“We believe that Amazon did not receive any special treatment from Luxembourg and that we paid tax in full accordance with both Luxembourg and international tax law,” Amazon said in a statement after the announcement.
Though the EU has taken on several U.S. tech companies, both in antitrust and in tax avoidance cases, Vestager said that her approach was not biased against foreign companies
“This is about competition in Europe, no matter your flag, no matter you ownership,” Vestager said.
She also welcomed the debate kicked off by French President Emmanuel Macron who called for more integrated corporate tax regimes in Europe, aiming to close the loopholes used to reduce tax bills.
The Commission said the exact amount of tax to be reclaimed from Amazon would still need to be calculated by Luxembourg authorities.
The 250 million euros is significantly less than the 400 million euros which sources close to the matter told Reuters a year ago was under consideration by Vestager.
The Commission said Luxembourg allowed Amazon to channel a significant portion of its profits to a holding company without paying tax. The holding company was allowed to do this because it held certain intellectual property rights.
“The Commission’s investigation showed that the level of the royalty payments, endorsed by the tax ruling, was inflated and did not reflect economic reality,” the Commission said in a statement.
Amazon, which employs 1,500 in the grand duchy, is one of the biggest employers in the country of half a million people. The U.S. company, which has a Europe-wide staff of some 50,000, in 2016 made a $ 2.4 billion profit on global revenues of $ 136 billion.
Amazon’s corporate set up with subsidies in Luxembourg construction was also subject of a $ 1.5 billion court case with U.S. tax authorities, which Amazon won in March.
Luxembourg, whose tiny economy has benefited from providing a European base for multinational companies, rejected the finding and said it was looking at its legal options.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg for almost two decades until 2013 and has been criticized for his role in enabling the many tax deals which are now being unraveled. He denies doing anything wrong and says the Commission is committed to ensuring fair taxation.
In 2014, Luxembourg made international headlines in the wake of the publication of “LuxLeaks”, documents which showed how large accounting firms helped multinational companies channel proceeds through the country while paying little or no tax.
Luxembourg is also under EU scrutiny over tax deals with fast food chain McDonald’s (MCD.N) and French energy company Engie (ENGIE.PA). Luxembourg has appealed against a ruling in 2015 that carmaker Fiat (FCHA.MI) should pay it back taxes. As well as Ireland, tax for multinationals in Belgium and the Netherlands have also come under Commission scrutiny.
Vestager also said on Wednesday that she was taking the Irish government to court for failing to recoup the taxes from Apple which she had ordered over a year ago. [L8N1MF25V]
Amazon revamped its European tax practices in 2015 so that it can book sales and pay taxes in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of channeling all sales through Luxembourg where it is headquartered, a move which may raise its tax bill.
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Editing by Alastair Macdonald and Jane Merriman