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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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Toys/Games

M&A: Toys & Entertainment Edition

The latest brand developments are being led by firms like Ubisoft, FAO Schwarz, eOne, Spin Master, Gund, DC Thomson, Hasbro, and more…


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Health & Beauty

Fashion Rumble in Eyewear & Fragrance

The Essilor/Luxottica deal is set to go through, and a flurry of new licensing deals in the fragrance space from players like Puig, Condé Nast, and Revlon…


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Toys & Games

NYTF18: Blind Bags, Glitter & Poop

This last week saw the latest iteration of New York Toy Fair and offered a clear formula for success in toy aisles this coming year—check out the top brands and trends…


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Toys & Games

Award-winning Toys & Games

Congrats to the winners selected by the TIA and NPD at NYTF18, including Hasbro, MGA, and WowWee…


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Toys/Games

Amidst Rocky 2017 Performance, Toycos Boosted by Licensing

As Hasbro and Mattel report mixed results for 2017, we take a look at the top-performing brands in toys/games for 2017—plus, updates from other toycos and manufacturers…


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