Author: Maddie Michalik

IMC Toys Launches in North America

IMC Toys, an international toy company based in Spain, is making moves into the North American market with the launch of its interactive baby dolls, Cry Babies. The toy will be available nationally on shelves and online in July. Cry Babies are interactive dolls that cry real tears. The main assortment is available in three different styles, and each doll comes with a  onesie and a colorful pacifier that will stop it from crying. To date, the line is the No. 2 bestselling Special Feature Nurturing Doll in France, Spain, and Italy, and the No. 6 best selling toy in Germany...

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April Retail Sales Increased 2.8 Percent Over Last Year

April retail sales increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over March and 2.8 percent year-over-year as consumers continued to spend, according to the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants. The three-month moving average was up 4.1 percent over the same period a year ago, which is in line with NRF’s forecast that 2018 retail sales will grow between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent over 2017. The April results build on improvement seen in March, which was up 0.3 percent monthly and 5.2 percent year over year. NRF’s numbers are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau,...

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Hasbro, Special Olympics Launch Philanthropic Initiative

Hasbro Inc. expands its support of Special Olympics International to advance global youth and Unified Schools programs as part of its BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative. BE FEARLESS BE KIND is designed to inspire and empower kids to have empathy, compassion, and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives. Special Olympics Unified Schools and Unified Champion Schools promote social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and student clubs, and school or community-wide initiatives. At its core, this Unified Schools strategy is about unifying...

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Research and Markets Analyzes Top Players in Global TV and Movie Merchandise Market

The global TV and movie merchandise market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.9 percent during the period 2018-2022, according to’s latest Global TV and Movie Merchandise Market 2018-2022 report. The report found that key vendors are Comcast, Disney, Hasbro, Time Warner, and Twentieth Century Fox. It was prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years, and includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. One trend in the market is entertainment companies capitalizing on merchandise sales. With the...

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Goliath Acquires Tucker

Goliath acquired Tucker, maker of outdoor toys. Going forward, Tucker will operate as a center of ideation and R&D within Goliath. Established in 2001, Tucker was successful in the sports toy category. Its Phlat Ball line is available in close to 60 countries and sold more than 23 million...

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