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Edgar the excitable Dragon is the star of John Lewis’ Christmas ad and the merch is already in

When the John Lewis Christmas ad dropped at 7am this morning, it became apparent that the retailer – now known for causing the media sensation of the year each November in the run up to the festive season – was going back to what it does best. One year on …

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Frozen II, Toy Story 4 and big brands make up Dream Toys Top 12 Toys List

Silver screen royalty is driving the must-have toy wish lists this Christmas, as Disney’s Frozen II and Toy Story 4 make this year’s Dream Toys’ Top 12 Toys list. Joined by perennial favourites like Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, this year’s Top 12 Toys list – issued by the …

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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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