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Retailers call for ‘urgent government action’ to save a high street in strife

Retailers are calling for urgent government action to help high streets in their struggle for footfall and sales as new data reveals that the number of shops, pubs and restaurants closing is rising at the fastest rate in ten years. According to the research, around 16 stores closed their doors …

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Jakks Pacific receives additional expression of interest

Jakks Pacific has received an additional, non-binding expression of interest to acquire all of the shares of the company’s common stock, the firm has detailed in an official press release. It was made for an indicated price of between 85 and 90 cents per share. The announcement follows speculation that …

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YouTube fined $170m over its mishandling of children’s data in the US

YouTube has been fined $170m to settle allegations that it had collected the personal information of thousands of children in the US, without their parents’ consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136m and the company will pay an additional $34m to New York state to resolve similar allegations, in …

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Toy and Game Conference 2019: “The Copycat Code of Conduct will fuel innovation in the toy industry”

The Toy and Game Copycat Code of Conduct will aim to fuel and reward innovation within the toy industry, while crack down on the controversial issue of products of similar look and style launching within the toy industry. Victor Caddy, director and partner of trademarks and design at Wynne Jones …

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Hasbro will start phasing out plastic packaging next year in mission to eliminate by 2022

Hasbro has detailed its plans to begin phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs from 2020. The move will be part one of Hasbro’s ambition to eliminate ‘virtually all’ plastic packaging for new products by the end …

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Zuru brings lawsuit to MGA Entertainment over surprise collectables scrap

Zuru has filed a lawsuit seeking damages against MGA Entertainment in a complaint that challenges the LOL Surprise maker’s efforts to eliminate healthy competition in the surprise blind-boxed collectables sector. The lawsuit is in reference to what Zuru and its wholly owned subsidiaries Creative Impact state is MGA’s attempt to …

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Hasbro rolls its TerraCycle toy recycling programme out to France and Germany

Hasbro has expanded its toy and game recycling programme, in which used toys are turned into materials for play spaces, plant pots and park benches, to France and Germany with further plans to launch in Brazil later this year. The move marks an extension of its ongoing partnership with TerraCycle, …

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Dunecraft recalls entire range of toy balls that expand in water over choking fears

A trio of expandable toy balls that can enlarge to up to 200 times their original size when placed in water, have been removed from Amazon over fears of choking came to light. The US-based company Dunecraft is recalling all of its Spider Balls, Water Marbles, ad Glow in the …

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Toys taken off tariff table until December as US revises its taxation approach

In yet another development for the dramatic trade war between China and the US, a delay has been placed on a second tier of tariffs caught up within Trump’s fourth tranche of taxation on Chinese goods, exempting toys until at least December 15 this year. The Office of the United …

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