Retail

Games Workshop sees full-year profits spike 69 per cent as staff receive £5k bonuses

A big spike in profit over the last year, confirmed plans to expand in China, and a bonus of £5,000 to each member of staff compound another successful end of year for the UK-based tabletop gaming brand, Games Workshop. In its trading update issued this week, the tabletop figures retailer …

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The Pokémon Company is taking over Harrods’ toy floor in 25th anniversary celebrations

The Pokémon Company International is taking over Harrods’ toy floor for a month-long activity built to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary this year. From July 27th, Pokémon fans will find themselves immersed in a distinctive branded area in the iconic London department store, featuring digital screens and displays themed with …

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Geek Retreat moves into Dumfries and stays on track to open 60 stores by end of 2021

The geek culture retailer, Geek Retreat, is continuing on its ambitious plans for the UK with the successful launch of its new store in Dumfries, bringing its total numbers of shops around the country to 28. Situated on Church Crescent and providing five local jobs, the new Geek Retreat store …

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China Shipping Crisis | Toy retailer The Entertainer is urging consumers to get their Christmas shopping early

With shipping from China reaching a crisis point that has seen costs skyrocket to all time highs amid a shortage of containers within the global supply chain, the UK’s independent toy retailer, The Entertainer is making its message to the consumer clear. Costs, shortages, and delays have hamstrung companies across …

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Footfall tipped to rise almost 20 per cent as shoppers hit high streets this ‘Freedom Day’ week

Retail footfall is predicted to rise by 19.7 per cent this week, as shoppers take to high streets and towns now free of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions with face coverings and social distancing no longer mandatory in England. In the latest from the retail analysts, Springboard, footfall is tipped to …

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Phat Kandi joins curated Japan-inspired line up as HMV marks 100 years with pop culture store launches

The British alternative fashion brand, Phat Kandi, has been selected as one of the chosen few independent labels to supply HMV as it marks its 100th year in retail with the launch of ten new pop culture stores across the UK. The initiative will see HMV launch a raft of …

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LEGO launches its first experiential pop-up retail and activity tour of the UK

The LEGO Group is hitting the road with the launch of its first experiential pop-up tour of the UK this summer, hitting major cities including Southampton, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Bristol. Called the LEGO Pop & Play Tour, the out of store experiential activation with set up ‘shop’ within major shopping …

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UK retail enjoys best quarter on record as sales surge 13.1 per cent

Retail sales have seen a record increase over the past three months, amounting to the ‘best quarter on record’ with shoppers returning to stores in force since the easing of lockdown restrictions back in April. According to the latest BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor, total sales in June increased 13.1 per …

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UK retailer Mamas & Papas eyes licensing and franchising among global growth plans

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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Harvey Nichols to create ‘ultimate destination for mini-me brands’ with first children’s wear launch

Harvey Nichols is readying to open its ‘ultimate destination for children’s designer clothing,’ as it launches its first kids’ range from its Leeds Victoria Quarter store next week. The department store’s kids’ section will be located on the first floorand will stock 25 kidswear brands and over 700 different styles, …

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