Retail

Thames & Kosmos adds a little Magic to Independent’s Day UK next month

Thames & Kosmos is looking to add a little bit of magic to this year’s Independent’s Day UK, showing its support of the country’s independent toy retailers with a special deal on its popular magic trick ranges. On Saturday, 3rd and Sunday 4th July independent retailers across the UK are …

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Waterstones boss indicates “UK retail boom” following sell-out success of puzzles during pandemic

The boss of the high street book, games, and puzzles retailer, Waterstones has described the UK as ‘going through a retail boom’ as customers choose to spend their money in shops and online, in the wake of foreign travel and with much of the hospitality sector at the mercy of …

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BRC welcomes Government’s rent moratorium extension as move is ‘made in the nick of time’

The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the government’s plans to extend the current rent moratorium on commercial properties, including retailers, to protect tenants from eviction to March next year, stating that the move has been made “in the nick of time.” The Treasury chief secretary Steve Barclay told MPs in …

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BargainMax.co.uk secures HSBC funding package to fuel ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the next year

The Manchester-based online toy and games retailer, BargainMax.co.uk has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to support its ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the coming year. BargainMax has said it will use the funding to increase its product range and stock by over 60 per cent in the next …

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Abu Dhabi retailer Tablez to launch 250 toy shops in India in next five years

The Abu Dhabi-based retailer, Tablez is investing heavily into the evolving India toy market with the planned launch of 250 new stores across the country in the next five years, as well as a significant rebranding of its current portfolio of toy shops in India. In 2017, Tablez secured a …

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Stateside | US toy sales surge 27 per cent while Pokemon leads top ten growth properties

Major properties including Pokemon, Barbie, Star Wars, and LEGO have contributed to a booming first quarter toy sales in the US that witnessed an increase of 27 per cent between January and April 2021, according to The NPD Group. Ten of the 11 super categories tracked by the NPD posted …

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Global news | Flipkart partners with WHP Global to bring Toys R Us and Babies R Us to India’s online shoppers

The e-commerce platform Flipkart has entered into a joint venture with Ace Turtle to bring Toys R Us and Babies R Us to online consumers across India. The deal has been struck with WHP Global, the controlling shareholder of Toys R Us. The partnership will mean that both Toys R …

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The Entertainer’s Gary Grant | “A family business is a different kind of business”

With a universe of toys at his disposal, and the entirety of the children’s entertainment market at his fingertips; you’d assume grandfatherhood was just another day at the office for Gary Grant, founder of the UK toy shop The Entertainer. As any doting grandparent would attest, the role comes with …

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UK sees “strongest sales growth of the pandemic” as May retail increases 10 per cent

Pent up demand for in-store shopping, coupled with the reopening of hospitality and enduring appreciation of the return of non-essential retailers, has helped the UK’s retail scene to the strongest sales growth of the pandemic. On a total sales basis, sales have increased 10 per cent in the four weeks …

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The world’s only Harry Potter flagship store in New York opens its doors to the public

The doors to the new flagship Harry Potter store in New York have finally been opened to the public, greeting fans with a 220-pound model of Fawkes the Phoenix, and a host of magical creatures and hand-made props. Billed as an ‘immersive retail experience’ for the Harry Potter global fan …

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