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Kidicraft kicks off Spring Fair 2020 with first domestic jigsaw puzzle range

Spring Fair is in full swing for the puzzles specialist, Kidicraft, who has just launched its first range of domestic jigsaw puzzles with an assortment of 500-piece and 1000-piece puzzles. Puzzle images are from the Howard Robinson collection and include Flight of Fancy, Beneath the Waves, and Early Morning in …

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Schleich sees sales soar 56 per cent in UK as German outfit gears up for further growth

The German toy manufacturer, Schleich, watched UK sales soar by 56 per cent over the last financial year, while the company increased its revenue by double digits for the sixth year in a row within the German market. Schleich UK’s managing director for UK and Ireland, Thomas Randrup, has suggested …

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Import Services “has business expansion on the horizon” as it partners with University Games and Little Birdy

The consolidated business between University Games and Paul Lamond Games has turned to Import Services to handle the company’s logistics, providing the firm with the “optimum route to market for imported product to the UK and Ireland, as well as continental Europe.” On the day that Brexit is finally delivered, …

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Fortnite named Top Gaining Toy Property of the Year at NPD’s Toy Industry Performance Awards

Fortnite has been named Europe’s Top Gaining Toy Property of the Year by the NPD Group, who announced the video game IP among the winners of its Europe Toy Industry Performance Awards at Spielwarenmesse last night. The winners were revealed at an event held at the International Toy Fair in …

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GB eye expands European operations with new office and largest showcase to date at Spielwarenmesse

The poster and gift supplier, GB eye Ltd is expanding its European presence with the opening of its new office and the launch of its new giftware product ranges. Operating from its first overseas office in Antwerp, Belgium, GB eye Europe BV will now allow the company to enhance its …

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Hawkin’s Bazaar enters administration following challenging Christmas

Hawkin’s Bazaar is the latest retailer to collapse into administration, it was reported at the end of last week, having struggled through what was a challenging Christmas for many. The retail chain has now suspended its website and is currently running clearance sales across a number of its 20 UK …

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The Entertainer expands into India through Reliance Brands partnership

The UK’s family-owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer is on the path for global expansion, having secured a deal to open its first store in India’s Mumbai, to be followed by an aggressive store roll-out across the country. to embark on the new venture across the territory, The Entertainer …

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Toy Fair 2020: “UK toy market still Europe’s largest, despite six per cent drop in year on year sales”

The toy industry has endured some difficult trading conditions through 2019 with a six per cent drop in year on year sales to find sales for the year totalling £3.2 billion, according to the latest figures revealed at Toy Fair 2020. Despite the dip, the UK remains the largest toy …

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MGA Entertainment unveils its biggest Hamleys window takeover to date

MGA Entertainment is bounding into the new year with a bold new retail programme, having just unveiled its biggest takeover of Hamleys’ London flagship store window. The takeover will run until February 12 this year and will showcase the latest new licensed brand to launch from Little Tikes – Little …

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The Toymaster May Show is now sold out, underscoring the might of the UK indie

Toymaster’s annual May Show in Harrogate has once again sold out, underscoring the event as a ‘must-attend’ for the UK’s independent retail scene. Running from May 19th to 21st this year, the show’s exhibition space has now been filled in a demonstration of the importance that suppliers and manufacturers continue …

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