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The Entertainer builds Fundamentally Children partnership with Balancing Play Campaign

Building on its existing relationship with Fundamentally Children, The Entertainer is now supporting the company’s Balancing Play Campaign. The multi-faceted campaign will launch in May 2019 and is designed to promote healthy play, provide expert advice for parents to make informed choices about play, and promote ‘Good Toys’ and the …

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Toymaster 2019: Magic Box to celebrate Moji Pops and SuperZings with show activities

Magic Box Toys is celebrating the success of its collectable ranges SuperZings and MojiPops with specially planned activity at this year’s Toymaster show. Visitors to the Magic Box stand in the Upper Marquee can join the MojiPops party by grabbing a colleague, choosing a prop and snapping a selfie in …

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The NPD Group reveals the UK’s best-selling infant toys

The NPD Group has detailed the latest insights into the best-selling infant and baby toys, underpinning the UK’s spot at the fourth largest toy market in the world, with the highest per capita spend in Europe. The Group has confirmed that British consumers spent £3.3 billion on toys in 2018, …

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Toy shop selling only sustainable toys opens its doors in Hove

An independent toy retailer with the mission to only sell sustainable toys to its customers has opened its doors in Hove, marking a first of its kind in the city. Timeless Toys store owner, Susan Luxford set out on the task of going plastic free after observing the kind of …

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Tru Kids’ Richard Barry: “We’re a little start-up company now”

Toys R Us has likened itself to “a little start-up company”, operating under the Tru Kids banner, as plans for the retailer’s comeback in time for the Q4 shopping period emerge. The New York Post reports that Tru Kids Brands – a licensing firm formed last year by creditors of …

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Mattel sales buoyed by Barbie, Hot Wheels and Jurassic World as infant declines

Barbie, Hot Wheels, Jurassic World and the excitement around this year’s Toy Story 4 release have helped Mattel to better than expected first quarter financials, with smaller losses and improved gross margins. While net sales dropped three per cent to $689.2 million the fall in sales was less than expected, …

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Debenhams’ new owners plan to shutter 20 stores by early next year

Plans to shutter 20 Debenhams stores across the UK by early next year are now afoot as the department store’s new owners outline a strategy to launch a CVA this week. According to Sky News, the company voluntary arrangement will ‘pave the way for more than ten per cent of …

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Sainsbury’s and Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority, the UK’s competition watchdog, has blocked Sainsbury’s and Asda’s £10bn merger. The body blocked the move by the UK grocery giants after finding that it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and across petrol stations. The CMA said that it believed shoppers would …

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