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NRF Says Holiday Revenues Up 14.1%, Smashing Expectations

Consumers defied expectations as retail sales soared in November and December by 14.1% to $886.7 billion over the holidays. That figure dramatically beats out the National Retail Federation’s forecast and set a new record, despite challenges… . . . read more

Sports Licensing: NFL Gets Slimy With Nickelodeon Collaboration

CBS Sports and Nickelodeon are partnering on a slime-filled football broadcast for kids during the NFL’s upcoming Super Wild Card Weekend. For the second year running, the NFL and Nickelodeon are partnering on a football… . . . read more

Adidas Snags Deal With Number One NFL Draft Pick

Adidas’ bet on NFL prospect Trevor Lawrence appears to be paying off so far, as the collegiate star from Clemson was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Adidas announced… . . . read more

Brentwood Repping Stride Rite In New Partnership

One of the world’s most venerable child’s footwear companies will be represented by Brentwood Licensing LLC, as Stride Rite looks to expand its licensing profile. Brentwood announced the deal April 29 that will see it… . . . read more

Virtual Esports Conference Slated For April 22

EBS/Cynopsis is virtually bringing together some of the biggest opportunities in esports as the industry’s biggest leagues, platforms, content and teams serve up a showcase of activation delights for brands who want to reach and… . . . read more

Hot Wheels Partnership With NASA is Out of This World

Hot Wheels has been partnered with NASA for more than 30 years, and this week came out with its first new, space-themed mini collection over two decades. The mini carmaker is helping NASA kick off another… . . . read more

Universal Branding & Media Pens Deal to Represent Operation Hat Trick

Universal Branding & Media (UBM) has been signed on to help grow new opportunities with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) licensees, collaborations and supporters. OHT got its start by giving hats to service members with head… . . . read more

We Can All Look Better, Thanks to Queer Eye Licensing Deal

Sartorially challenged men and women everywhere can rest easy, knowing a new licensing agreement will bring the Emmy award winning fashion sense of Queer Eye to an ecommerce portal near you.  Scout Productions, the company… . . . read more

Evolution USA Wins Exclusive Licensing Deal with Meredith for Life Brand and The Life Picture Collection

Get ready for a lot more Life in you life, as Evolution USA plans a major rollout of visual assets from one of the world’s premier photography art brands.  Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) has named Evolution… . . . read more

U.S. & Canada

Canadian Licensed Retail Sales Lag Behind U.S. in Growth; Bright Spots Emerge Up North

Licensed retail sales in the U.S. and Canada grew a combined 1.4% in 2018. In the U.S., a relatively dampened growth rate nevertheless propelled the territory to hit the $100 billion licensed retail sales mark for the first time…


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