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Spinners Phenomenon Proves Need for Independent Toy Retailers

21 June 2017

Fidget spinners might never have proved the UK's toy hit of 2017 if it were not for the flexibility and rapid response of the country's independent toy sales channel, a sector that has been considerab...Read More

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Licensed Properties Target the Digital Frontier at Las Vegas Expo

20 June 2017

Although many movie licence holders are clearly keen to take their properties into the digital realm, it is not all one-way traffic, with several companies now set to migrate from their internet-based...Read More

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Shoots of Growth Appear in Russia's Long-ailing Houseware Sector

31 May 2017

Moderate expansion and new entrants to the market mark a change of fortunes after five tough years in the doldrums....Read More

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Surging Vietnam Baby Market Excites Exporters Across Southeast Asia

23 May 2017

With rising birth rates and growing affluence, the Vietnamese maternity and baby market is expected to be worth US$5 billion within the foreseeable future, developments that have proved to be an irres...Read More

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Tea Money and Skimming: The Current Blights of the UK Toy Industry

24 April 2017

Are suppliers having to bribe testing houses to clear goods for shipping? Are retailers falsifying claims for undelivered goods? Scams both old and new are bedevilling the toy sector, but is that just...Read More

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VR Becomes a Lucrative Reality for the Gaming and Education Sectors

7 April 2017

The 2017 Asia VR & AR Fair was dominated by virtual reality, across both the gaming and educational sectors, with its immersive, multi-sensory appeal seeming to trump augmented reality at almost every...Read More

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Compact, Disposable Items and Foodstuffs Top Japan's Gift-giving List

30 March 2017

With space ever at a premium, exhibitors at the recent Tokyo International Gift Show were finding success with space-saving products, Korean style, retro designs, overly cute animal-themed dolls and s...Read More

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Fun and Games for Brexiting UK Buyers at the Nuremberg Toy Fair

9 March 2017

Visitor and exhibitor numbers were both up at this year's Nuremberg Toy Fair, one of the premier events for the global toy and games industry, although uncertainty over prices and the impact of Brexit...Read More

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Camping Retailers Set to Explore Taiwan's Great Outdoors Market

13 Jan 2017

With Taiwan beset with a new generation of alfresco aficionados, many companies are keen to seize the outside chance....Read More

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Early Learning and Local Licensing Dominate Moscow Kids' Show

4 Jan 2017

Despite on-going economic uncertainties, Russian parents continue to prioritise spending on early learning products, while the country's resurgent animation industry spurs massive growth in the sale o...Read More

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Guangdong Enterprises Tapping Belt and Road Opportunities: Huizhou Welon Ventures into Sporting Goods Market in Southeast Asia

29 Dec 2016

Huizhou-based Welon Ltd is looking to expand its own-brand business in Southeast Asia. The company hopes to use its mainland and overseas designing and technological resources to develop high-end indo...Read More

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Manufacturers and Site Operators Set to Cash in on Mainland Ski Boom

28 Dec 2016

With winter sports now enjoying a huge surge in popularity across the mainland, significant opportunities are emerging in the manufacture of ski accessories as well as the operation of properly manage...Read More

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Licensed Toys Tipped to Take the Lead in Spain's Bumper Xmas Sales

15 Dec 2016

Retailers across Spain are anticipating a 4% upturn in festive sales this year, with toys and perfumes most in demand....Read More

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Baseball Coaching Emerges as a Sporting and Cultural Phenomenon

11 Nov 2016

More than just a pleasurable sporting pastime, baseball is seen by some mainland parents as key to securing places at certain US academic institutions, spurring the growth of a nationwide network of p...Read More

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Learning Through Play Boosts High-Tech and Upcoming AR Toy Ranges

3 Nov 2016

With nurturing innovation among the young now a clear priority across the mainland, educational and creatively inspiring toys took pole position at this year's China International Trade Fair for Toys ...Read More

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STEM Toys Rally in Russia but Jigsaws Fight a Brave Rearguard Action

21 Oct 2016

Locally-sourced toys increase their market share, while Russian parents opt for education over entertainment....Read More

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Licensed Products and the Changing Shape of the UK Toy Sector

19 Oct 2016

While never as segregated as the specialist and Big Four toy retailers in the US, there are signs that the success – or lack of success – of certain toy franchises starting to have quite an impact on ...Read More

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In-App Purchases See Germany's Smartphone Games Sector Soar

18 Oct 2016

While sales of paid-for games have declined, free game 'virtual merchandise' micro-payments have rocketed....Read More

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Mainland Exports Set to Suffer as Russia Goes Cycle Self-Sufficient

22 Sept 2016

Although Russians are now clearly bike-crazy, Chinese exporters may be set to lose this rapidly growing market....Read More

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Four Challenges Set to Rewrite the Rule Book for the UK Toy Sector

15 Sept 2016

The Argos acquisition, changing staff and profit priorities, the inexorable rise of online retailers and the looming Lego/Hamleys turf war set to ignite in London are all making for hugely interesting...Read More

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