2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
Here’s a breakdown of 15 trends to watch this year– five licensors, five categories and five properties.
Total spending is expected to reach $18.9 billion, a five-year high, this Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation.
Here’s a breakdown of 15 trends to watch this year–five licensors, five categories and five properties.
Super Bowl XLIX will draw an estimated 184 million viewers this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Retail sales of toys in the U.S. generated $18.08 billion in 2014 compared to $17.46 billion in 2013, an increase of 4 percent, according to the NPD Group.
The British toy market increased 4.4 percent in 2014, the best result since 2010 when toy sales were up 8 percent.
Overall holiday retail sales reached their highest level since 2011 last November and December, increasing 4 percent from 2013 to $616.1 billion.
Holiday shoppers took advantage of deep discounting and early sales causing a lift in retail spending in November.
Brick-and-mortars are alive and well, but for a number of different reasons.
Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping and an improving economy changed the way millions of people approached Black Friday.
Despite nicer spring weather, consumers tempered their spending in the month of April, according to the National Retail Federation.
Shoppers are taking their time in hopes of deeper discounts over the Thanksgiving weekend and late in the season, according to National Retail Federation.
The Global Retailing Conference convened in Tucson, Ariz., last month to discuss the future of retail. Most merchants agree: technology is the future and it’s here now.
Americans are planning to do some big holiday shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to NRF’s Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey.
The average person will spend $113.80 on gifts for dad this Father's Day, slightly down from last year.
Total online retail spending in November and December across desktops, smartphones and tablets will reach $61 billion, representing a 16 percent gain over last year, according to the ComScore 2014 holiday season forecast.
As the retail sector continues to evolve, brand licensors have to keep abreast of retail trends in order to maximize all opportunities.
Google has overtaken Apple to regain its position as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the annual BrandZ report.
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