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“We’ve been gearing up for this financial year”: Hornby returns to profit for first time in nearly a decade

The model railway company Hornby has seen a 33 per cent increase in revenue in the first half of the year, marking a return to profit for the first time in almost ten years. The company’s uplift arrives following a surge in interest for the Hornby Hobbies products over the …

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Gifting specialist GB eye open new warehouse amid online sales surge

The Sheffield-based licensed giftware specialist, GB eye Ltd, is to cut the ribbon on the new expansion of its warehouse facilities, having taken on a new unit in response to increased online sales amid a consumer buying trend shift over lockdown. GB eye is opening the additional warehouse in order …

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Gary Grant’s call to UK shoppers: “Don’t leave Christmas shopping to final weeks”

DreamToys and the Toy Retailers Association has issued a call to action of the UK’s consumers to make sure they get their Christmas shopping in early in order to avoid disappointment owing to issues in supply and demand in a year fraught with uncertainty over the impact of the pandemic. …

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Spielwarenmesse confirms July dates for its 2021 Summer Edition of Nuremberg toy fair

Spielwarenmesse has confirmed the dates of its 2021 Summer Edition International Toy Fair as July 20th to the 24th, a forced change from its traditional slot in January/February each year owing to the ongoing restrictions surrounding the pandemic. The move marks the first time that the Nuremberg toy fair will …

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Hasbro’s Q3 earnings beat expectations as families spend more on board games throughout pandemic

Stuck at home parents and a global demand for board games and home entertainment has helped Hasbro beat its Q3 analyst estimates as net earnings for the entertainment company reached $220.9 million versus pro forma net earnings of $216.5 million in 2019. Net revenues for the global powerhouse did decline …

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Wentworth Puzzles prepares Puzzle Positivity for National Jigsaw Day next month

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles is calling for Puzzle Positivity ahead of this year’s National Jigsaw Day on Tuesday, November 3rd by encouraging its fans and followers to share their jigsaw puzzle love across social media in a call to bring the nation’s puzzlers together in an online event. The day will …

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Menkind is expanding licensed ranges and adult party and card games to meet lockdown trends

The gadget and gift retailer, Menkind has highlighted its plans to expand on its licensed products and exclusive ranges as it heads into the Christmas shopping season, a move that has been driven by the increased consumer engagement with pop culture TV, films, video games and entertainment throughout the pandemic. …

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One in four British shoppers avoid Amazon Prime Day to shop locally and support small businesses

New research has found that online events like Amazon Prime Day have encouraged as many as a quarter of Britons to keep as much spending as possible contained to small and local businesses negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a study undertaken by the team behind the global …

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BTHA 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards to celebrate altruism and innovation in the year of Covid-19

Innovation and altruism will be at the heart of the 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards this time around, as the BTHA outlines the theme of Special Recognition in areas above and beyond normal service. The change up to the Awards has been made in light of the events …

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Hamleys to cut jobs at its iconic London store by a quarter as trade slump hits Regent Street

Hamleys has confirmed that it is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce in London as part of a redundancy programme draw up over the continued slump in footfall and trade at the hands of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The absence of tourists and holidaymakers coupled with the tightening …

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