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Toys R Us Is Back in Business … Again

Big news for those in the toy and toy licensing industry, as brand management company WHP Global announced Monday it has acquired the controlling interest in Tru Kids, the parent company of Toys R Us, Babies… . . . read more


M&A: New Faces, Same Places

The latest in business news takes us full circle, from home brands (Oneida, Zippo) to publishing (Penske Media, Hearst) to talent agencies (UTA) to retail (Walmart, Sears, TRU)…

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Retailer Watch: Sears, FAO Schwarz, TRU & NRF

All you need to know in brief about the latest retailer to join the bankruptcy club, the comeback of toycos FAO Schwartz and Toys ‘R’ Us, and the latest consumer insights from the National Retail Federation…

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Legal Watch

Legal Watch: Sporting Goods & Apparel; Toys & Games

Sports lifestyle brands Adidas, Crossfit, Reebok, Nike, and Under Armour made news this week; plus, a look back on TRU and eOne wins in China…

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Licensed Entertainment/Character Sales Hit $31.1 Billion Worldwide; Soft Goods Lead Growth

Retail sales of licensed entertainment/character-based apparel, accessories, and other soft goods including domestics helped propel sales for the fastest-growing property type…

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Licensing Law

Retail & Legal Tracker

U.S. retailers are stocking up, Peanuts is at home in Japan, TRU adds $180 million in toy sales, Burberry and Stan Lee go to court, and more…

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M&A & Restructuring

The latest in M&A and other restructuring efforts.

Featuring: TRU, Gibson, Newell, NASCAR, Asmodee, and more…

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Who’s News—3/26/2018

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Genius Brands, Asmodee, LIMA, Fremantle, Lanvin, Activision Blizzard, Lowe’s, and more…

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Retail Sales, Partnerships & M&A

Although consumer demand remains strong, retailers are preparing for the worst to come with new partnerships, aquisitions, closings, and technological innovations…

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Toys & Games

Toycos Detail Q3 Declines

TRU’s bankruptcy is one reason for the hiccup to bottom lines of major toy companies, but they’re also reporting soft interest in licensed products…

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