Retail

Hamleys launches its first eBay shop as the retailer broadens its online shopping capabilities

The iconic toy retailer, Hamleys, has launched its first eBay shop as part of the company’s plans to expand its online presence in the midst of an exodus to digital consumerism. Founded in 1760, Hamleys is famed worldwide for in-store experience and eye-catching window displays and its flagship Regent Street …

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Hyve Group reveals dates for the all-virtual Spring Fair @ Home 2021

Hyve Group has confirmed the dates of its Spring Fair @ Home virtual event, an all-digital show that will take the place of the in-person Spring Fair 2021 that was cancelled last month over the continued uncertainty surrounding covid-19 restrictions. Running from February 8th to 10th, Spring Fair @ Home …

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US retail giant Authentic Brands reveals plans for Debenhmans and Arcadia takeover

The US retail giant, Authentic Brands, has divulged plans for a double takeover of the collapsed department store chain Debenhams and Topshop-owner Arcadia Group. According to a report from The Sunday Telegraph, Authentic Brands, the owner of the New York department store brand, Barneys, has been in talks with the …

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Argos reveals the Top Ten Gifts that Got Away in nationwide poll of the presents adults still miss

Nintendo’s Game Boy, Mr Frosty, and the iconic Furby have all made it into the top ten gifts that the hearts of British adults still ache over not receiving at Christmas when they were children, a nationwide poll from Argos has revealed. Billed as a Top Ten Gifts that Got …

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Character Group reports £5m profit despite pandemic challenges and anticipates growth for coming year

The Character Group is citing a ‘satisfactory full year trading report’ for a 2020 plagued with challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic that saw the company with a before tax profit of £5m on a turnover of £105m for the year ending August 31st. In its financial statement issued today, …

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LEGO opens its first airport LEGO Store in the US in Marshall Retail Group partnership

The LEGO Group has opened its first airport LEGO Store in the US, having partnered with The Marshall Retail Group – a WHSmith Company – to set up shop inside Salt Lake City International Airport. The all-new LEGO store allows visitors the opportunity to shop for hard-to-find products from the …

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There and back again: The hobbyist market returns as ‘model making sees massive resurgence’

UK toy and hobby shops have cited a ‘massive resurgence in model making’ throughout 2020, driven by families and consumers turning to the more traditional pastimes such as construction kits, building sets, and games and puzzles to best navigate the social distancing measures and lockdown restrictions put in place over …

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Exploding Kittens and Pandemic among Black Friday board games sales surge at OnBuy

Sales of the popular Elan Lee board game, Exploding Kittens, surged by an impressive 511 per cent on the UK marketplace, OnBuy, who has since reported a record-breaking Black Friday that saw sales across the board total nearly £2.5 million in one day alone. According to the platform – established …

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Indie Insight at Heffers Games: “Shoppers tells us there is a joy and satisfaction in shopping in person”

Over the course of the last six years, Cambridge bookshop, Heffers has transformed its prime Trinity Street location into a haven of the local board gaming community, with an offering and insight so revered, that even the year’s instability around the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped it winning retail awards. A …

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Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group in ‘potential rescue talks’ with Debenhams

Retail tycoon Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group is in talks over a ‘potential rescue transaction’ for the British department store Debenhams. The brand fell into administration last week, putting some 12,000 jobs at risk. Frasers has said that it was ‘in negotiations with the administrators of Debenhams’ UK business’ on a …

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