Retail

Menkind acquires Hawkin’s Bazaar and Stocking Fillers

Leading gifts and gadgets retailer Menkind has completed the acquisition of two well-known brands in the gifting industry – Hawkin’s Bazaar and Stocking Fillers, previously owned by H Grossman Limited. The acquisition, which was made for an undisclosed sum, will provide customers with a significantly larger range to choose from …

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FAO Schwarz launches at M&S in time for Christmas

‘Brands at M&S’ is launching FAO Schwarz, the iconic US store famed for unique toys, life-sized plushes and interactive experiences, in 20 M&S stores across the UK and on M&S.com. A bespoke offering of around 50 bestselling products has been selected for M&S customers, including toy racing cars, music mats, craft …

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Retail footfall rises as Christmas lights are switched on

As consumers start their Christmas preparations, retail analyst Springboard has released new data on footfall on the UK’s high streets. In UK retail destinations, footfall rose by +1.5% last week from the week before. However, performance varied between retail parks, where footfall declined by -1.1%, and high streets and shopping centres where …

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40% of people plan on Christmas shopping earlier this year to reduce stress

According to a new survey commissioned by Secret Santa name generator DrawNames.co.uk, 40% of people are Christmas shopping earlier than they usually would and 10% even started shopping in October. Nearly one third (29%) cited wanting to reduce stress as the main reason for shopping earlier. Just under a third of …

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Survey reveals how parents really feel about Christmas toy shopping

Four in five parents feel pressured to make this holiday season the most memorable one for their children, according to new research. A study of 2,000 parents of children ages 0 to 12 found that parents plan on making this holiday season memorable by keeping holiday traditions like decorating, baking, …

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Join Hasbro’s Christmas shopping livestream event

Hasbro Holiday Shopping Live, the company’s first ever livestream shopping event, will broadcast live from the Hasbro Microsite as well as on Hasbro’s Instagram + Facebook Live Channels on Friday, November 12 at 12pm EST. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Daphne Oz and Buzzfeed contributor Iván Emilio, the virtual …

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Sales of Cartamundi’s Shuffle Junior Into the Wild range benefit animal charity

Cartamundi’s award-winning Shuffle Junior Into the Wild range is supporting internationally renowned animal conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation. The board and card games producer has been donating 7.5% from all sales into retail from its Into the Wild collection to the charity since 1 October 2021. Donations generated from the range – …

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Brits most likely to do all their Christmas shopping online, new global data reveals

A survey commissioned by mobile app experience company Airship of more than 9,000 global consumers has exposed key shifts in consumer behaviour, with regional and generational differences that may indicate retail’s future. Conducted in partnership with Sapio Research, the survey polled more than 9,000 consumers across major markets in Europe, …

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Aardman and Fenwick unveil Shaun the Sheep festive window display

Multi-award-winning independent animation studio Aardman has announced a festive partnership with department store Fenwick. The Fenwick Newcastle store has unveiled its much-anticipated Christmas window theme – this year featuring Aardman’s family favourite Shaun the Sheep. The event was live-streamed on Facebook to a global audience of tens of thousands, with viewers tuning in from as far afield as …

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WOW! PODS triumph in Amazon UK collectable categories

WOW! PODS, dubbed ‘the collectable for fans of character brands’ by their maker, toy innovation company Wow! Stuff, have made a near perfect clean sweep in all measures used by Amazon UK to denote sales and other consumer demand metrics. From BSR (Best Seller Ranking) at number 1 in both …

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