Law & Politics

UK competitions watchdog CMA to probe Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of eOne

Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of Entertainment One is to face probing from the Competition and Markets Authority over whether the proposed acquisition would result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’ under UK rules. It appeared that the bid was a done deal in all but its name when eOne and Hasbro …

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Which? calls out Amazon and eBay for unsafe toy product listings: ‘Passing the buck is unacceptable’

The consumer group, Which?, has become the latest to throw its weight behind the call for better regulations upon online marketplaces that allow the sale of unsafe or untested toys upon their platforms. In its most recent spotlight on online marketplaces, Which? found a number of products for sale on …

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Mattel sees return of investor confidence with $600m bond sale

Mattel has sold $600 million in bonds to refinance the toymaker’s existing debt, following a halt to transactions earlier this year when an anonymous complaint drew attention towards the firm’s discrepancies in its accounting and internal controls. Mattel completed an internal investigation in late October and pledged to strengthen its …

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PlayMonster secures Spirograph brand in major acquisition of Kahootz Toys

The US toy firm PlayMonster has acquired the assets of the arts and crafts toy company Kahootz Toys, including licensed rights to the iconic Spirograph and Play-Doh. The move has been cited as the latest big step in solidifying PlayMonster’s growth as a multi-category toy and game company. Through the …

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DreamWorks Animation drops new trailer for Trolls World Tour

Universal has dropped the latest trailer for the upcoming feature film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, the awaited sequel to 2016’s original Trolls film. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch as they discover that they are one of six different Troll tribes scattered over …

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The Insights People named Global Market Research of the Year

The kids’ market intelligence outfit, The Insights People, has been named Global Market Research of the Year by the International Trade Council during its International Go Global Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place on October 23 2019 in Chicago where The Insights People was recognised as the most comprehensive and …

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Mothercare staff denied redundancy pay as UK retailer collapses

Staff at the collapsed UK retailer Mothercare will receive nothing in redundancy pay, it has emerged, as the business made clear its plans to enter administration just weeks ahead of the Christmas season. Workers have instead been advised to apply for statutory redundancy by visiting the Government’s website. This follows …

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One third of US parents unaware of the dangers surrounding counterfeit toys

Almost one third of US parents remain unaware to the dangers and numbers of counterfeit toys being sold on major online marketplaces, according to a new survey commissioned by the Toy Association. The results have uncovered a blind spot in modern consumer habits, through which  fraudulent toys that could be …

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Smyths Toys to open new Portsmouth store with two-day party

A new Smyths Toys Superstore is opening in Portsmouth this weekend with a range of party activities for shoppers to take part in from 8am tomorrow morning. Characters from PJ Masks, the Fat Controller from Thomas & Friends, Elf on the Shelf, Strawberry Kiss from Shopkins and a giant Schleich …

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