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Dragons and Monster Jam fuel boys’ sector growth for Spin Master as PAW Patrol declines

How to Train Your Dragon, Monster Jam and Bakugan have been highlighted as the brands driving growth in Spin Master’s boys action category with sales surging 195.5 per cent in its Q1 trading report. The segment ended its first quarter trading period at $49.4 million, while activities, games, puzzles and …

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“Very strong first quarter” for Funko as sales grow 22 per cent

Funko continues to go from strength to strength, having just seen its net sales grow 22 per cent to $166.8 million in its first quarter trading results. In what the company’s CEO has cited as a “very strong quarter,” for the pop culture and collectables specialist, it looks to be …

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Transport for London strengthens international route with new licensing agents

TSBA Group is looking to strengthen its Transport For London brand in the international marketplace, with the appointment of two new licensing agents. The London-based firm has tapped License Connection to act as the brand’s agent in the Benelux region, while MJA Licensing will be heading up TfL’s activity in …

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GB Eye sees ‘strong growth for 2019’ with Hello Communications partnership

The licensed giftware specialist, GB Eye is looking to build on its 2018 success with what it has said is a ‘strong trajectory of growth’ at retail across the UK and Europe. As part of its plans, the firm is doubling its marketing efforts and bolstering its corporate, retail and …

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Mattel to launch interactive family entertainment centres worldwide

Mattel has detailed it plans to create a global network of family entertainment centres featuring Barbie and Hot Wheels by 2020. The centres, which will begin to pop up worldwide next year, will feature immersive, hands-on play and entertainment experiences with the aim of bringing Mattel’s popular brands to life …

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Happy News for DRi as uplifting lifestyle brand grows retail presence

DRi is developing the licensing programme around The Happy News, an inspirational brand based on a quarterly newspaper that features only optimistic and uplifting news stories from around the world. The concept was struck upon by Emily Coxhead who is aiming to bring conversation around mental health issues to the …

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Rocket Licensing and JoJo Maman Bébé strike up Very Hungry Caterpillar retail partnership

Rocket Licensing has secured a direct to retail licensing agreement with JoJo Maman Bébé for the the popular Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar brand. The first JoJo Maman Bébé The Very Hungry Caterpillar apparel range, aimed at children aged from birth to six years old, is available in more …

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Story founder Rachel Shechtman named Licensing Expo keynote speaker

Macy’s brand experience officer and the founder of Story, Rachel Shechtman has been named as the keynote speaker at this year’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Shechtman will take the stage for the show’s keynote address on Wednesday, June 5th for a presentation titled Agility at Scale: Rachel Shechtman Shares …

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The Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards winners have been revealed

Adrian Chiles was the host of this year’s Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards, an event held at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel and welcoming over 400 licensors, licensees, agents and retailers from across the licensing industry. Chiles lead the ceremony – now in its fourth year – handing out accolades …

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Barbie, Hot Wheels and Jurassic World buoy first quarter sales for Mattel

Barbie, Hot Wheels, Jurassic World and the excitement around this year’s Toy Story 4 release have helped Mattel to better than expected first quarter financials, with smaller losses and improved gross margins. While net sales dropped three per cent to $689.2 million the fall in sales was less than expected, …

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