Tag Archives: Retail

Toymaster welcomes Totally Toys of Castlebar, Co Mayo

Toymaster has welcomed its newest member, family-owned toy shop Totally Toys of Castlebar, into the Toymaster family.  The County Mayo store aims to bring value and variety to the toy market in the region with its 5500 sq. ft retail area stocking a huge range of toys, from favourites such …

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Festive boost for UK retail dampened by Omicron

Footfall in December was clearly impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the introduction of Plan B guidance by the government from the third week of the month, retail expert Springboard reports. This meant that the natural boost in shopper activity which typically occurs in the run-up to …

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2021 ends on a high as retailers experience rise in footfall on New Year’s Eve

According to retail experts Springboard, despite a footfall drop of -15% across all UK retail destinations last week versus the week before (the run-up to Christmas), things looked up for high streets on New Year’s Eve with a rise of +5.2% from the week before (Christmas Eve). This is a …

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Disappointing retail footfall as Covid nervousness grows

According to retail experts Springboard, although footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +5.5% last week from the week before, it ended with a disappointing performance, felt especially by large city centres, with footfall over the weekend declining by -8.5% in Central London and by -6.4% in cities outside of …

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Walmart Announces 2021 return of ‘Black Friday Deals for Days’

US retail giant Walmart has announced the return of its month-long savings event, Black Friday Deals for Days. This year, paying Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November – an opportunity to shop all the same deals four hours earlier than the scheduled start times for all three events. “We continue …

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The CBI and 41 UK trade associations call for business rate reform

Ahead of COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in November, employers representing around 261,000 UK businesses and nine million employees say business rate reform is essential for green investment. The CBI and 41 trade associations spanning the UK economy have issued a joint statement outlining how action by the Chancellor …

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Toys R Us makes major return to the US in Macy’s shop in shop partnership

Toys R Us is preparing for its latest reincarnation, this time through a major new partnership to launch shop within shop concessions in more than 400 Macy’s stores across the United States. Revealed earlier this week, Macy’s Inc has teamed up with WHP Global to bring the Macy’s and Toys …

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Hamleys makes major play for video gaming market with new department launch

The iconic London toy store and toy retail brand, Hamleys is making a major new play for the video gaming market with the opening of a new state-of-the-art console, PC and gaming accessories department in its Regent Street location. The new 1,326 square foot gaming space is situated within the …

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BLE 2021 to spotlight the future of retail, sustainability and the people behind change with ‘What’s Next’ theme

As the industry collectively begins to look towards a post-pandemic future, Brand Licensing Europe, in partnership with Licensing International, is supporting the network, weaving a ‘What’s Next’ theme throughout its 2021 show. BLE is making its return this year with a new multi-platform format taking place in-person from November 17th …

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Mamas & Papas eyes global growth amid ‘surge in international demand’ for British heritage brands

The British nursery and children’s wear retailer, Mamas & Papas is eyeing international growth, having signed a slate of new overseas partnerships across central and eastern Europe. The move, according to the firm, arrives amid a surge in international demand for British heritage brands like the Yorkshire-based Mamas & Papas, …

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