Retail

Peterkin UK named country-exclusive distributor for educational toy specialist Headu

The international educational and learning toys specialist, Headu, has appointed Peterkin UK as its UK distributor in a partnership that will come into effect as of January 1st, 2021. Headu Srl was founded in Italy in 2017 by Franco Lisciani and Gian Maurizio Basciano and is now distributed in over …

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Early Learning Centre ties up partnership with M&S.com to sell toys online in time for Christmas

M&S.com has signed a new partnership with Early Learning Centre to start selling its toys and products via its online platform in time for the Christmas shopping season. The tie-up with The Entertainer-owned pre-school and baby brand arrives as the second guest brand under M&S’ Never the Same Again programme …

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Spin Master sees increases across boys action, games and puzzles, and plush in Q3 2020 results

Spin Master has seen gross product sales increase to $587.4 million in its third quarter financial results, a growth of 0.7 per cent that has been led by increases across its boys action and construction, activities, games and puzzles, plush and outdoor sectors this year. The marginal growth is an …

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The Good Toy Guide launches its own e-commerce platform ahead of Christmas

The Good Toy Guide, founded by Dr Amanda Gummer and known for its trusted product reviews, has expanded its business to offer a one-stop-shop for users, in preparation for the busy festive season. The comprehensive resource now includes a streamlined checkout option for busy parents and shoppers, shipping toys directly …

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EU Commission formally charges Amazon with breaking online competition laws

The European Commission has formally charged the US-based tech and online behemoth, Amazon, with abusing its dominant position in online retail and breaking online competition laws in order to gain an unfair advantage over competitors. The Commission has said that Amazon had used data on third-party sellers that use its …

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VTech sees sales of Electronic Learning Products rise 8.2 per cent across Europe in latest financial results

The electronic learning products specialist, VTech has seen group revenue increase by 10.6 per cent across its European operations, to hit $487.5 million in the first six months of the financial year, as sales of its Electronic Learning Products helped offset lower revenue from other avenues of the tech giant’s …

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Shoppers fuel sales growth in October but BRC warns that lockdown easing by December “is vital for survival”

Shoppers taking the opportunity to stock up on home comforts and food supplies ahead of the England-wide lockdown helped total retail sales increase 4.9 per cent in the four weeks to October 31, indicating some respite for the UK retailer hampered by coronavirus restrictions this year. Despite the lift – …

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The Entertainer and The Salvation Army partner for the 2020 Big Toy Appeal

The Entertainer has reaffirmed its partnership with the Salvation Army to launch this year’s Big Toy Appeal, an initiative that asks customers to consider donating a toy or toys to a family in need this Christmas. For every toy donated, The Entertainer will also donate a toy, helping to increase …

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Smyths Toys Superstores brings Oscar and this year’s hot toys to life in its 2020 ad spot

Smyths Toys Superstores has unveiled its brand ad for Christmas 2020, bringing its popular mascot Oscar back into the spotlight, alongside an expanse of toys tipped to be top sellers by the European retailer this festive season. Following a tease campaign that ran across social media channels this week that …

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Jakks Pacific’s Q3 results exceed expectations as total sales take a dip to $242.3m

Despite a sales decline of around $38 million year over year to $242.3 million, the US based toy maker JAKKS Pacific has chalked its third quarter results up to a win, having exceeded expectations for sales, gross margin, and operating income. Excluding declines in sales of Frozen products and its …

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