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Global retail sales of licensed products hits $280.3bn for 2018

Global retail sales of licensed merchandise and services hit $280.3 billion in 2018, a 3.2 per cent increase over the $271.6 billion generated in 2017, according to results of the fifth Annual Global Licensing Survey, released today by Licensing International. Royalty revenue for brand owners leapt to $15 billion, an almost …

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Primark catches new Pokémon exclusive after new film fuels consumer demand

The Pokémon Company International has detailed a new collaboration with the global fashion retailer Primark for an exclusive range of women’s apparel, responding to growing consumer interest following the release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Denim jackets, T-shirts, hoodies and sportswear created by urban lifestyle companies Difuzed and Global Brands Group, …

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Gruffalo toys, books and games showcased at immersive London pop-up this half-term

Toys, books and performances from MC Grammar are to take centre stage at a dedicated pop-up shop in London’s Covent Garden, celebrating all things Gruffalo this half-term week. The launch is part of Magic Light Pictures’ ongoing 20th anniversary celebrations of the iconic children’s literary character. Spread over two floors, …

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Pokémon promos launch into Hamleys and Harrods as Detective Pikachu hits UK cinemas

The Pokémon Company International  has teamed up with the iconic stores, Hamleys and Harrods, for a raft of Pokémon activity, coinciding with the release of the live action Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu. Marking Pokémon’s return to Hamleys’ flagship Regent Street store, a Pokémon window featuring imagery from the movie plus …

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TRAP celebrates as Trading Standards busts Yorkshire counterfeit ring

Trademark and Rights Holders Against Piracy (TRAP) is celebrating the role it played in brining a major operation illegally making and selling trademarked clothing via eBay and Amazon to an end. The global counterfeit ring based in Yorkshire had generated sales of over £470,000 over a five year period of …

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Popeye launches into men’s grooming with Barbershop and Shave Company

King Features Syndicate has just detailed the launch of Popeye’s Barbershop & Shave Company, a new range of men’s grooming products featuring the iconic animated character himself. The new range spans hair pomade, beard oil, beard balm, beard wash, shave cream, post-shave lotion, and pre-shave oil, all sporting the look …

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Emoji lands fashion bag collab with Mexico’s Gorett

The Emoji Company has struck up a new partnership with the fashion label Gorett for a new collection of handbags inspired by the world of emojis. The collection – that includes vivid colours and avant-garde combinations, backpacks, crossed bodies and wallets – will be available across Mexico at Sears and …

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Incredibles and Moana falter for Jakks Pacific Q1 sales, but hope seen in Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and Godzilla

Blame for a stark downturn in 2019 Q1 sales of 23.8 per cent compared to the same period the year prior at Jakks Pacific, has been placed at the doors of Toys R Us, as well as a decline in previously strong performing licenses such as The Incredibles 2, Moana, …

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Diadora expands Adult Swim partnership with new Rick and Morty collection

Diadora is launching part two of an exclusive capsule collection themed around the popular Adult Swim animation, Rick and Morty. It follows the earlier success of the sport brand’s first release under its partnership with Turner. TheRick and Morty x Diadora collection features a fresh take on two original Diadora …

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MV Sports, Aykroyds named among first PAW Patrol Summit award winners

Licensed and outdoor toys specialist, MV Sports has been named among Nickelodeon and Spin Master’s award-winning partners at the pair’s first PAW Patrol Summit. The toy company was joined by the likes of Aykroyds TDP, Dairycrest, and Primark to be recognised at the event. Last week, Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products …

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