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Fashion

Fashion Brand-based Growth Led by Accessories; Bags, Headwear Big Winners of 2018

Retail sales of licensed fashion brand-based merchandise grew 1.6% in 2018 in the U.S. and Canada to reach $22.1 billion, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. Of that growth, 41% came from licensed accessories…


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Food & Beverage

Back to Basics: Specialty Food Gets Comfortable

The specialty food and beverages market is settling in and getting comfortable, with sales slowing down to 4.3% growth in 2018 to reach $148.7 billion in the U.S.…


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Cannabis

Last Week’s 4/20 Sales Reached $182 Million; Licensed Sales Still Lagging Behind Potential

Retail sales of cannabis and related merchandise reached $182 million during the 4/20 holiday period, up 30% from last year, according to MJ Freeway. TLL estimates that licensed retail sales of cannabis…


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Product Categories

Cosmetics, Toys & Electronics Drive Increases in Industry-wide Royalties in 2018

Roughly two-thirds of the product categories TLL tracks saw nominal bumps in industry-wide royalties in 2018, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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HBA

CBD-infused, Sustainable & Bright: IBS+IECSC Roundup

We attended the 17th annual International Beauty Show (IBS) and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) in New York City this week, and brought back the buzziest trends from the floor…


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Beauty

Celebrating the Beauty in Diversity

Wrapping up the latest in diverse intiatives from fashion and beauty leaders like Kimora Lee Simmons, MAC/Disney, Nikita Dragun, Calvin Klein, and Marvel…


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Licensing Law

On Notice: Sportswear, Organics & Bankruptcy Updates

Puma comes under fire from In-N-Out Burger while Addidas can’t shake a suit, the Organic Trade Association fights fraud, Gymboree’s assets are snapped up, and GMM and Hearst reveal their plans for Defy Media’s brands…


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Toys/Games

Show Me the Money: Toycos Report Depressed Sales FY2018

With a few exceptions, every major publicly-traded toyco reported a drop in sales of licensed toys/games. TLL breaks down how the year went for Mattel, Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, Lego, and Funko…


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Best in Show

L.O.L. Surprise! Sweeps Toy & License of the Year Awards

The list of winners from this year’s TOTY awards is topped by none other than MGAE’s L.O.L. Surprise! Plus more from Lego, Mattel, Spin Master, and other category winners…


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Toys & Games

What’s the [Toy] Story? Same as Last Year, Just Better!

Straight from the floor of New York Toy Fair, TLL brings you the latest and greatest in toy trends. They just happen to be the same as last year’s—Only more nuanced, thoughtful, and developed…


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