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Fashion, Entertainment & Corporate Brands Lead Globe

Three property types drove global retail sales of licensed merchandise last year—with territories outside the U.S./Canada outperforming the territory by 1.4 percentage points…


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ENTERTAINMENT/CHARACTER

What Kids Want (to Wear)

The top dozen or so entertainment/character licensors generate up to 75% of total share of branded apparel goods for children. These findings show, however…


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Business

Royal Weddings: Marvel/Epic & Nestle/Starbucks

Move over Meghan, you’re not the only dazzling bride this week. Read the details behind the $7.8 billion alliance between Nestle and Starbucks and the immeasurable Marvel/Epic Games collab…


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Toys & Games

State of Toys & Games

Hasbro buys Saban Properties in a deal worth $522 million; plus, an inside look into the toyco’s and its competitor’s Q1 earnings…


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Product Categories

Home-related Goods Boost Licensed Growth in 2017

Home furnishings, housewares, and domestic consumer products saw a combined $600 million boost in 2017—or approximately 24% of growth from the previous year to reach a total of $109 billion in licensed retail sales in the U.S./Canada…


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Business

M&A & Bankruptcy

Nine West announces bankruptcy and sells its flagship brand, MGA’s CEO makes his move on TRU, Columbia Sportswear takes a hold of China, Mattel moves from NYC, and more…


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Apparel & Accessories

Licensed Apparel & Accessories Up 3.5% in 2017

Apparel and accessories are the largest product categories in the U.S./Canada, generating over 34% of licensed retail sales. Combined, the two earned $37.2 billion…


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Experiential

Experiential, New Media & Partnerships

New content creation initiatives from Asmodee and DC Entertainment, Six Flags and Turner bring branded attractions to China, and more…


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Retail

Death of a Salesman

Toys ‘R’ Us is winding down its U.S. operations with an eye towards liquidating its inventory and 800 locations. Be forewarned, however, that TRU’s swan song is just the opening act for a great retail tragedy set to unfold over the next ten years…


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Entertainment/character

Black Panther Gearing Up to Take $250 Million in 2018

Black Panther’s success opens the door to a nagging question: Is the licensing industry slowely digging itself into a hole?…


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