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Toy Fair 2021: BTHA will create ‘strong platform and safe and secure environment’

The British Toy and Hobby Association has outlined its number one aim to ‘create another strong platform’ for the industry to do successful business in a ‘safe and secure environment’ as it issues its latest update on Toy Fair 2021. Underpinning the latest developments for the show, set to take …

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Intu’s Trafford Centre is seeking a buyer as lender pressure ammounts to auction plans

Intu’s Trafford Centre is seeking a buyer, according to reports from Sky News and the Retail Gazette, after the shopping centre owner filed for administration earlier this year. Recognised as the UK’s fourth-biggest shopping centre, Trafford Centre has drafted in PJT Partners and CBRE to oversee the sales process. Located …

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DreamToys 2020 will go digital this year due to Covid-19 impact on the UK

The Toy Retailers Association and DreamToys committee today announced, DreamToys 2020 will take place as a digital event this year. “Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, it is not possible to hold a large-scale physical event to announce the DreamToys list,” commented Gary Grant, chair …

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UK retail sales lift 3.2 per cent but provides ‘little cause for optimism’, says BRC

UK retail sales have risen 3.2 per cent for July, the British Retail Consortium has confirmed, but suggests that the lift should provide ‘little cause for optimism’ as many high street shops continue to struggle. On a total basis, sales increased by 3.2 per cent in July, against an increase …

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Basic Fun partners with UK’s Dogs Trust in Pound Puppy money raising campaign

Basic Fun is partnering with the UK’s dog welfare charity Dogs Trust for a money-raising initiative that will donate a portion of the proceeds of every Pound Puppy sold at retailers. Established in 1891, Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 14,300 dogs each …

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Asmodee introduces its own virtual trade event AsmoFair for 2020

The board game giant, Asmodee is innovating new ways to connect with its retailers this autumn with the launch of its own virtual trade show experience, AsmoFair. Taking its own stance against the swell of cancelled industry shows this year, the board game distributor has partnered with its sister company …

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UK government urges shoppers to help small business throughout Shop Local Week

UK shoppers are being urged to help out local businesses rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of the lockdown measures by participating in a Government initiative called Shop Local Week. The campaign has been launched as part of the Enjoy Summer Safely message that encourages people to get …

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Funko feels Covid-19 impact as net sales drop 49 per cent in Q2

Store closures across the US and the rest of the world at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic have ‘significantly impacted,’ second quarter results for the pop culture collectables specialist Funko. Net sales for the firm decreased 49 per cent to $98.1 million in its Q2 2020 earnings compared to …

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Argos reveals top 12 toys for Christmas as ‘lockdown rekindles the nation’s love for toys’

Argos has revealed its top 12 toys for Christmas 2020 in anticipation of the Christmas toy shopping season and a nation that ‘has rekindled its love for toys,’ through more time spent at home throughout lockdown. Among the top toys, PAW Patrol, Star Wars, and LEGO’s Super Mario collection all …

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Play-Room Toy Buying event cancelled as UK Government pause lockdown relaxation

AIS Play-Room has cancelled its upcoming toy buying event owing to the temporary pause on lockdown easing measures as stipulated by the UK government over the past week. The event was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of September. The group has initially received confirmation that …

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