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Games Workshop prepares for bumper 2019 with profits and sales already ahead of last year

Profits and sales at Games Workshop, the tabletop gaming firm behind the global Warhammer franchise, are ahead of last year, signalling another bumper year for the UK company. According to the group, trading between September and early November has beaten the company’s performance for the same period last year, with …

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Mothercare staff denied redundancy pay as UK retailer collapses

Staff at the collapsed UK retailer Mothercare will receive nothing in redundancy pay, it has emerged, as the business made clear its plans to enter administration just weeks ahead of the Christmas season. Workers have instead been advised to apply for statutory redundancy by visiting the Government’s website. This follows …

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High Street blues: How Edutainment Licensing is finding a new route to market

It’s no secret among the licensing community that retail is a volatile place right now. Only this week, the UK high street has been braced for a long-drawn goodbye to a one-time major player in Mothercare as it details its plans for a phased closure of all 79 of its …

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Dr Seuss Enterprises appoints new director of global licensing and retail development

Dr Seuss Enterprises has appointed Tatjana Blanusa to the role of director of global licensing and retail development. It’s the latest move for the children’s entertainment company as it builds its presence on the global licensing stage. In her new role, Blanusa will identify and secure new licensing partners and …

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Forbidden Planet to open Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store in Glasgow

Forbidden Planet is to open the UK and Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store when it opens the doors to its new Glasgow location this week. Following a successful 31 years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, the pop culture and collectables specialist is relocating to Sauchiehall Street, where it …

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Mothercare to appoint administrators for UK business putting 2,500 jobs at risk

Mothercare has detailed its intentions to appoint administrators for its UK high street business of 79 stores, after the troubled retailer lost £36.3 million last year. Conceding that its UK operation would not return to profitability, the move will now put some 2,500 jobs at risk. Administration of its UK …

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‘More people choosing Funko to engage with pop culture’ as Q3 sales boom

Funko has seen its net sales increase an impressive 26 per cent to $223.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, growing from the $179.6 million is hit in the same period 2018. The growth was driven primarily by an increase in the number of active properties, as well as …

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Bluewater lays on promotional feast for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Rocket Licensing has secured a partnership with the UK shopping centre, Bluewater, for a slate of promotional activity for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as the popular children’s publishing brand continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The collaboration begins with the theming of Bluewater’s Green Flag award-winning nature trail. …

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Mattel finds strength in BTS, Barbie and Toy Story 4 amid Q3 financials

The K-Pop sensation, BTS has helped Mattel to a positive third quarter result, after the launch of the band’s own doll line helped gross sales in the international segment grow by ten per cent. The pop outfit was joined by other strong performing licenses in the Mattel portfolio, including Barbie, …

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