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Licensed Products and the Changing Shape of the UK Toy Sector

19 Oct 2016

While never as segregated as the specialist and Big Four toy retailers in the US, there are signs that the success – or lack of success – of certain toy franchises starting to have quite an impact on ...Read More


UK Toy Industry Girds Itself for Shakeup After Argos Acquisition

11 May 2016

The impending sale of Argos, the UK's largest toy retailer, to the Sainsbury's supermarket group has sent jitters through the industry, with many suppliers anticipating a subsequent dramatic drop in t...Read More


Cross-border Sales and Mobile Growth Dominate E-Commerce Expo

21 Jan 2016

With mobile now a fact of life for most e-tailers, the winners in this sector are those tailoring their platforms to meet consumers need for simplicity and speed, while cross-border sales now look set...Read More


Retail Reels in Wake of Paris Attacks, though Xmas Rebound Expected

24 Nov 2015

France's retailers pin their hopes on Christmas, Black Friday and e-commerce as consumers rally after November 13....Read More


Driven by Mobile, Spanish E-commerce Sector Enjoys 24.8% Surge

13 Oct 2015

Spain's 2014 e-tailing growth far outstrips European average, according to latest government figures....Read More


Retail Theatre of War as Upstarts Bid for Hamleys Top Toy Spot

11 Aug 2015

London is now the battleground as two challenger brand toy chains – Nickelodeon and The Toy Store – look to take on Hamleys, the granddaddy of them all. Just who will come out on top though, wonders J...Read More


Does Amazon's UK Slowdown Betoken Wider Problems for E-tailing?

11 May 2015

2014 was not a vintage year for Amazon in the UK, according to John Baulch, publisher of Toy World. Do the issues affecting its British sales have far-reaching implications for the online sales behemo...Read More


Crunch Year for Toys R Us with Manufacturers Hoping for Turnaround

8 April 2015

Toys R Us remains one of the most important players in the global toy retailing market, with the company facing a number of challenges and a European restructuring, John Baulch, publisher of Toy World...Read More


"Democratisation of Innovation" Proves Battles Cry at Personalize 2014

21 Nov 2014

Is the notion of an easy-to-use, high-quality 3D printer in every home inching nearer to becoming a reality? Certainly, exhibitors and attendees at this year's Personalise Expo believe that this is no...Read More


German DIY Giant Opens Hong Kong Procurement Office

3 Sept 2014

Hornbach Asia set to focus on improved communication with Far East manufacturers and distributors....Read More


Business Opportunities Abound in Post-Austerity Portugal

21 Aug 2014

Hong Kong investors and enterprises can benefit as Portugal resumes economic growth and seeks to boost its exports to Asia, while offering a gateway to the worldwide 250-million strong Portuguese-spea...Read More


Department Store Offers Unrivalled Access to Spanish Retail Market

4 Aug 2014

El Corte Ingles is Spain’s only department store chain. Its response to the economic downturn, particularly with regard to sourcing strategies and product requirements, merits close attention by those...Read More


E-commerce – Great for Consumers, but a Headache for Toy Retailers

29 July 2014

With the UK now the most highly-penetrated e-commerce market in the world, bricks-and-mortar retailers are struggling to stay viable. According to John Baulch, Publisher of Toy World, a new initiative...Read More


A reviving EU: opportunities and challenges

17 April 2014

The EU is coming out of recession. The economic upturn is in sight not only in the core member states, but also many debt-ridden eurozone countries. It follows that consumer confidence has rebounded q...Read More


EU retailing: the growing impact of e-tailing, private labels and sustained consolidation

16 Dec 2013

The EU retail scene has witnessed continued changes in recent years. Sluggish consumer demand and intensifying competition have evidently resulted in sustained consolidation in all major European reta...Read More

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