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TLL Survey

Entertainment/Character Once Again Fastest-Growing Property Type in 2015

Entertainment/character licensing put on a display of superhero strength and speed in 2015, growing 8.0% to dash past $11 billion in retail sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. It was the property type’s third consecutive year of notable growth…


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SPORTS

Professional Bull Riders Take Licensing by the Horns

Riding a wave of interest in all things western, Professional Bull Riders is partnering with a new event retail and merchandising company and expanding its wine, fragrance and apparel lines…


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RETAIL TRENDS

Lady Gaga and Elton John Become the Latest to Launch a Macy’s Exclusive

Limited-edition celebrity lines are an old hat for Macy’s. But here are some different celebrities (hint: not named Donald Trump) finding a home for their exclusive product lines at Macy’s…


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MOVIE MERCHANDISE

Turtles Toys Twice as Big as 2014

Licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures from Playmates were the top toy of 2014, according to…


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SOCIAL BRANDING

Giorgio Armani Becomes Latest High Profile Fashion Designer to Go Fur Free

Fashion licensors have been among the most scrupulous in aligning their brands with the right social causes (or at least making sure their brand isn’t associated with the wrong ones)…


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BRAND BUILDERS

Emily Weiss Gives Beauty a Millennial Makeover

Blogger turned businesswoman Emily Weiss is building a digital beauty brand for the 21st century. Here are four ways the face of beauty brand building in the 21st century is changing…


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HOT MARKETS

St. Patrick’s Spending to Reach $4.8 Billion

A robust 55% of Americans, or 133 million people are planning to indulge in the Irish spirit on Thursday. On average, they’ll spend…


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Housewares

Licensed Housewares at IHHS

Retail sales of licensed housewares goods in the U.S. and Canada grew a 1.5% in 2015, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. And as consumer confidence in the economy grows, sales are only expected to increase. The 2016 International Home + Housewares Show (IHHS) in Chicago…


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Retail

Store Check: Target at Culver City, CA

A week before Disney’s Zootopia scampered into theaters accompanied by predictions of a $67 million opening weekend, limited merchandise was on the shelf at Target stores. See how other brands fared…


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Retail Sales

2015 Retail Sales of Licensed Goods in U.S./Canada Top $103 Billion; Entertainment, Sports Drive 3.4% Growth

Retail sales of licensed goods in the U.S. and Canada grew a robust 3.4% in 2015, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. At just under $103.3 billion, total sales surpassed the $100 billion mark for only the second time…


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