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Toymaster welcomes four new British Garden Centre outlets to its portfolio

The Toymaster buying group has added a slate of four new garden centres to its growing slate of Toymaster-branded branches, in a deal struck with British Garden Centres. Albrighton Garden Centre and Bridgnorth Garden Centre both in Wolverhampton join  Bressingham Garden Centre in Diss, and Wolseley Bridge Garden Centre in …

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The BuzzFeed-owned toy shop Camp outlines plans for five more stores in 2020

The US family experiential toy store, Camp – part owned by the media platform BuzzFeed – has outlined plans to open five more stores across the States by the end of 2020. As part of fulfilling this mission, BuzzFeed’s chief marketing officer, Ben Kaufman, is to leave his role in …

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Autumn Fair 2019 outlines its educational Theatre line-up

Autumn Fair 2019 will play host to three unique Theatres at its September outing as part of its educational track that will better inform visitors and encourage innovation at retail. With import and export skills a central driver for growth for many retailers, a new and dedicated Sourcing Theatre will …

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Dunecraft recalls entire range of toy balls that expand in water over choking fears

A trio of expandable toy balls that can enlarge to up to 200 times their original size when placed in water, have been removed from Amazon over fears of choking came to light. The US-based company Dunecraft is recalling all of its Spider Balls, Water Marbles, ad Glow in the …

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Cartamundi turns to Import Services in search for “pre-Brexit edge”

The playing card and board game manufacturer, Cartamundi, has tapped up Import Services as its retail logistics partner for the UK and Ireland, while looking for a “pre-Brexit edge.” With historic Belgian roots, Cartamundi is particularly well known for producing playing cards and household brand games, with products manufactured at …

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Retail hero Mary Portas to talk on the sector’s need to change at Autumn Fair 2019

The broadcaster and retail consultant Mary Portas is to speak at Autumn Fair 2019, where she will take part in a live Q&A to talk on subjects spanning the biggest issues affecting the retail sector at the moment. Portas will talk about how retailers should be creating communities out of …

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Funko continues to deliver with Q2 sales up 38 per cent

Funko has smashed its Q2 earnings and outstripped all expectations of the pop culture collectables specialist with a very healthy net sales increase of 38 per cent. The Washington-based company is continuing to deliver the goods for 2019, having seen second quarter sales grow to $191.2 million for the second …

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Farm Toys Online owner launches dedicated dinosaur toys online shop

The owner of Farm Toys Online has launched a new specialist online platform, dedicated this time to dinosaur toys. Business owner, Julia Lowe and her head of marketing Kelly-Anne both struck upon the idea of creating the specialist online outlet, when they spied a gap in the market for an …

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The Independent Toy & Gift Show returns for 2020 with dates and sponsors revealed

The Independent Toy & Gift Show is making its return for 2020, once again with its emphasis on keeping the independent retailer at the heart of what it does, and the promise of a slap-up lunch thrown in as standard. From bespoke offers, to unique merchandising solutions and access to …

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Hot Wheels and Barbie still lead Mattel’s Q2 growth as pre-school sees decline

Mattel might still be losing money, but things are looking far from over for the California-based toymaker who recently painted an optimistic picture with for its multi-year turnaround plans with its latest second quarter results. Net sales increased 2 per cent to $860.1 million compared to the $840.7 million in …

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