FEATURE: Staying alive

Ronnie Dungan talks to retailers and suppliers to find out the current state of play for independent stores...
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Only a year ago the independent retail sector was in disarray following the closure of Youngsters. For many, the future looked bleak. Fast forward 12 months, however, and things look a lot more positive.

Who could have foretold that in these most difficult of times, when jobs are under threat, banks are being propped up by tax-payers’ money and even TV chefs are on their uppers, that it would be independent toy retailers that would be thriving?

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