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Ikea to release report on forced labor in Germany

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BERLIN (AP) — Swedish furniture giant Ikea says it will release a report this week addressing claims that it benefited from forced labor in communist East Germany.

The report by auditors Ernst & Young examines allegations that Ikea used East German suppliers who employed prisoners to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s.

It was commissioned after a Swedish television documentary in June repeated claims first aired in Germany last year.

The head of a victims’ group says he hopes the report to be published Friday will be the start of a broader investigation into forced labor in East Germany.

Rainer Wagner told The Associated Press on Monday that the claims about Ikea are “only the tip of the iceberg” and similar allegations have been leveled against German companies too.

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