Retail

Games Workshop staff receive £5000 bonus each as full-year profits spike 69 per cent

A big spike in profit over the last year, confirmed plans to expand in China, and a bonus of £5,000 to each member of staff compound another successful end of year for the UK-based tabletop gaming brand, Games Workshop. In its trading update issued this week, the tabletop figures retailer …

Read More »

Mattel sees Q2 sales hit $1.03bn as EMEA growth outpaces the toy industry

The global toy maker, Mattel has seen its Q2 2021 net sales increase 40 per cent on last year, with particular success across EMEA where the firm’s growth has exceeded the industry by 11 percentage points. Mattel bosses have billed it ‘another exceptional quarter’ having witnessed ‘outstanding consumer demand for …

Read More »

Hamleys makes major play for video gaming market with new department launch

The iconic London toy store and toy retail brand, Hamleys is making a major new play for the video gaming market with the opening of a new state-of-the-art console, PC and gaming accessories department in its Regent Street location. The new 1,326 square foot gaming space is situated within the …

Read More »

Pokémon takes over Harrods toy floor with 25th anniversary pop-up

The Pokémon Company International is taking over Harrods’ toy floor for a month-long activity built to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary this year. From July 27th, Pokémon fans will find themselves immersed in a distinctive branded area in the iconic London department store, featuring digital screens and displays themed with …

Read More »

Spring and Autumn Fair name the Retail Trust as official Charity Partner

Hyve Group has named the Retail Trust as its official charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair for the next two years, as well as its wellbeing partner across all of its retail shows in the UK, including Glee, Pure, and Scoop, to provide support, awareness, and fundraising for the …

Read More »

Geek Retreat on track to open 60 stores by 2021 end as it moves into Dumfries

The geek culture retailer, Geek Retreat, is continuing on its ambitious plans for the UK with the successful launch of its new store in Dumfries, bringing its total numbers of shops around the country to 28. Situated on Church Crescent and providing five local jobs, the new Geek Retreat store …

Read More »

Freedom Day tipped to spark a nearly 20 per cent increase in high street footfall this week

Retail footfall is predicted to rise by 19.7 per cent this week, as shoppers take to high streets and towns now free of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions with face coverings and social distancing no longer mandatory in England. In the latest from the retail analysts, Springboard, footfall is tipped to …

Read More »

LEGO launches its first experiential pop-up tour of the UK

The LEGO Group is hitting the road with the launch of its first experiential pop-up tour of the UK this summer, hitting major cities including Southampton, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Bristol. Called the LEGO Pop & Play Tour, the out of store experiential activation with set up ‘shop’ within major shopping …

Read More »

Amazon faces lawsuit to remove thousands of potentially deadly products

A lawsuit filed against Amazon by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has been billed as a ‘huge step forward’ in the fight to force the online giant to accept responsibility for the removal of dangerous items being sold online. An administrative complaint has been brought against Amazon by the …

Read More »

John Lewis reveals plans to cut 1,000 jobs amid cost saving and management restructure

The John Lewis Partnership is planning to cut 1,000 jobs across its John Lewis and Waitrose stores in a move to simplify its management structures and cut costs. The business’s owners have said they will aim to find new jobs for those losing their store management roles and would aim …

Read More »