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September retail sales lift indicates earlier Christmas shopping as British shops show ‘remarkable resilience’

The KPMG’s UK head of retail, Paul Martin has praised the resilience of the British retailer as ‘nothing shy of remarkable’ over recent months, as September witnessed retail sales increase 6.1 per cent on a like for like basis on the same period one year ago, in what analysts have …

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Indie Insight: Wigwam Toys talks the consumers’ rediscovery of community on the high street

Having met at college through a shared love of Fine Art, the Wigwam Toys team comprises collectors, crafts-people, bibliophiles, and big kids at heart, all of whom have their own role to play in the eclectic mix that this little Brighton independent toy shop has to offer. Times were, Wigwam …

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Hamleys owner Reliance Industries drops out of the race for UK department chain Debenhams

The Reliance Industries owner and richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, has dropped out of the race to buy Debenhams, the Sunday Times has reported over the weekend, having emerged only last month as one of the possible suitors for the UK department store chain. At the time, the Reliance …

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Braille Skateboarding sees toy debut success as YouTube brand nears one million fingerboards sold

The leading skateboarding YouTube channel, Braille Skateboarding, is celebrating its foray into international toy aisles, having found UK retail success with Smyths Toys Superstores and a global sell-through that sees it on track to hit one million fingerboards sold by the end of 2020. Braille Skateboarding launched onto the toy …

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LEGO, Disney and Marvel named in Bargain Max’s most in demand toy brands for Christmas 2020

LEGO, Disney, and Marvel have come in at the top three most expected and in-demand toy brands for Christmas, according to the results of a new survey from the online discount toy retailer, Bargain Max. The retailer surveyed more than 2,500 parents ahead of this year’s big festive season to …

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Thames & Kosmos UK bolsters board game portfolio with new EXIT titles and The Lost Words – Card Game

Thames & Kosmos UK has bolstered its tabletop gaming portfolio with the arrival of The Lost Words – Card Game based on the book by the best-selling author Robert Macfarlane, as well as the latest titles in its Exit range, The Enchanted Forest and The Cemetery of the Knight. The …

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Smyths Toys releases its Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2020 with Star Wars, Super Mario and WWE on the bill

WWE, PAW Patrol, Pokemon, and Super Mario have all made the top billing as this week sees the international toy retailer, Smyths Toys, take its turn in listing its top toy predictions for Christmas 2020, pitting some of the world’s biggest and long-lasting toy brands against new launches in the …

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OPINION – A Christmas cajole: The year that Covid changed everything

The coronavirus may have changed what Christmas looks like this year, but as long as you’ve adapted to the shifting trends and planned yourselves some savvy marketing, Toyologist, Peter Jenkinson believes the goose is still looking good and plump. It’ll be a Yule like no other. That seasonal spike in …

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Meeple Power: Eclectic Games talks the nation’s new love of board gaming (and why it’s time for a re-stock)

There will be trends and culture shifts that stick with us once the fog of the pandemic has finally cleared, and there will be those that won’t. Fortunately, the Thursday evening clapping was one of the first to go. Others, like the weekly crush for the five remaining M&S food …

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Hamleys lands in Bluewater and Trinity Leeds as it continues UK expansion plans

The iconic toy store, Hamleys is continuing with its expansion plans across the UK this year, with confirmation that the retailer is opening two new sites at popular shopping destinations in the north and south of England. The UK’s oldest toy shop has now landed in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre, …

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