Dispatches from the retail front line (March)

Counter Insurgent cashes in on the bad weather and reports on the winter boost to outdoor toy sales...
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The time had come to go into the dark depths of the warehouse to bring out those long lost treasures called sledges...

Some of the staff buckled and found those little jobs that I’ve been asking them to do for weeks, leaving me to go alone into the corner of the warehouse untouched for years. Massive cobwebs with spiders that would make Harry Potter screech, plants growing through tiny cracks that would interest the Natural History Museum, I half expected to find the crazy old tramp we hadn’t seen on the streets for a couple of years.

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So, another round of shows over, and didn't they seem quiet? Toy Fair seemed quieter than last year, which is bad news when you consider it was not spread across two halls.

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