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Off-price Leads the Value Segment

The share of sales lost by department stores was picked up by the lowest-priced retail tier, consisting of dollar/value/off-price stores, which saw its share of market grow…


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RETAIL TRENDS

Ecommerce/Online Taking Retail by Storm

The growth of the ecommerce/online channel was the No. 1 retail issue reported by survey respondents, with more than 20% of those responding…


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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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TLL'S 2016 SURVEY

Entertainment Steals the Show for 2015 Retail Sales

As in 2014, entertainment/character claimed the highest growth rate of any property type (except for the fledgling digital celebrities subcategory) at…


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TLL'S 2016 SURVEY

Toys/Games, Food/Beverage & Apparel Lead Growth on Products Side

For the second straight year, toys/games was the fastest growing product category, posting an 8.1% increase. Food/beverage, apparel and accessories rounded out the top performers…


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TLL'S 2016 SURVEY

Tempered Optimism for 2016

Survey respondents reporting that their U.S./Canada licensing business grew in 2015 outnumbered those reporting declines nearly 3 to 1. When you add the “flats” to the “down” total, the ratio was 2 to 1 in favor of positive growth. However…


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ESTATE LICENSING

The State of Estates

They may be dead, but they’re not gone. Estate licensing, for deceased celebrities who would fall under the celebrities category in life, made up 2.3% of all licensing revenue in 2014. After gaining 1.3% in 2013, estate-based sales…


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TLL Survey

Art Licensing Goes from Flat to Down 1.6%, as Fine Arts Thrive & Commercial Arts Struggle

While the overall licensing industry grew 2.5% in 2014, the art sector continued to struggle. After two years of flattish growth, retail sales of products based on licensed art properties in the U.S. and Canada actually fell 1.6%, from $5.64 billion to $5.55 billion, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. Artist royalties also continued their steady decline…

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WORLDWIDE TRENDS

Global Fashion Sales Grow 2.4% in 2014

Global sales of licensed fashion goods grew 2.4% in 2014, according to TLL’s 2015 Licensing Business DataBook. Only two segments grew more: entertainment/character (4.8%) and sports (3.4%). At $37.9 billion, fashion accounted for 23.8% of all worldwide licensed sales, most of…

 

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Celebrity-Licensed Perfumes Seek to Reinvigorate Slumping Market

The past 12 months have been less than sweet smelling for sales of celebrity-licensed fragrances, but that isn’t deterring companies from bringing new celebrity brands to the already crowded mass market…

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