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The Harry Potter store magics £20m retail revenue as it plans world’s largest shop in New York

Harry Potter is continuing to cast its magic upon the UK retail space, having generated £20.1 million of revenue over the 15 months to the end of February last year. Financial statements have revealed that through a chain of just three stores located within the UK – two in the …

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BBC Studios and Forbidden Planet celebrate Doctor Who with exclusive t-shirt partnership

BBC Studios and Forbidden Planet have devised an initiative to release a new and exclusive line of Doctor Who T-shirts throughout the current twelfth series of the popular sci-fi TV show. The newest season started airing on January 1s this year. A range of 10 Doctor Who T-shirts will launch …

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HMV warns of store closures as negotiations over ‘extortionate business rates’ take place

HMV has detailed its intentions to close three of its stores by the end of January as the retailer enters negotiations with landlords across ten of its locations, citing the impossibility of contending with “extortionate business rates.” The music and entertainment specialist has admitted that such are current business rates, …

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Hot Topic debuts innovative new retail programme for Doctor Who fans

In a first for a live-action television series, specialty retailer Hot Topic has partnered with BBC America and BBC Studios to offer Doctor Who fans exclusive T-shirt designs inspired by each week’s episode, immediately after it airs. The ground-breaking new initiative will act as just part of the retailer’s robust …

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Mothercare strikes five-year deal to sell products in Boots

Mothercare has struck a new deal to sell its products through the High Street retailer, Boots, in a bid to maintain its presence on the UK retail scene following its collapse into administration last month. Mothercare’s UK operations – its stores and website – are set to close in early …

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Peanuts continues global push with new fashion collection at Middle Eastern retailer, Riva

WildBrain CPLG is continuing to push the Peanuts brand out to the world stage, this time with the debut of an extensive fashion collection at Riva stores across the Middle East. The new collection is made up of over 50 unique pieces, spanning kids and ladies wear, and sees Snoopy …

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Brands In expands into accessories in new Friends and Riverdale deal for New Look

Brands In, a specialist in licensed fashion apparel, has broadened its category offering by expanding into the accessories market.  The company has initially unveiled its new lines at retail exclusively in New Look, showcasing two Warner Bros. key properties, Friends and Riverdale. Faye Walton, head of buying, accessories and lifestyle, …

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Hasbro partners with Primark to launch a very niche Monopoly edition this year

Amid a flurry of recent releases under its iconic board gaming brand, Hasbro has introduced some pretty quirky new takes on the Monopoly board game, including a lightning fast version, a prolonged ‘longest ever version’, and the ultra-niche Primark-themed version. Let’s start with the most bizarre. Because it will take …

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Poetic Brands extends partnership with ASOS for Smiley clothing and accessories range

Licensed clothing specialist, Poetic Brands, has expanded its partnership with ASOS for a new collection of clothing and accessories featuring the globally recognised Smiley brand. The Reclaimed Vintage line includes strikingly designed sweatshirts, joggers, hoodies and co-ords, aimed at a twenty-something unisex audience. The range also incorporates accessories including a …

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Sanrio partners with Liverpool Football Club for exclusive Hello Kitty collaboration

Reds fans can now get their hands on a new collection of exclusive Hello Kitty x Liverpool Football Club merchandise, thanks to a new global collaboration between the club and Japanese creator, Sanrio in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary. Made up of a wide variety of products for children, …

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