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.
American consumers powered through the winter weather lifting retail sales in February.
Hasbro and Shapeways are combining powers to launch SuperFanArt.com, a 3D printing marketplace and community that will allow fans to promote their artwork and creations.
Walmart has maintained its No. 1 spot on Interbrand's 2014 Best Retail Brands list, while four other brands saw major increases.
August retail sales increased 2.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Consumers will welcome the Easter Bunny with open arms this year with total spending on the holiday expected to reach $15.9 billion.
Looking back over the years provides insight into current technology trends for children.
Warmer spring weather spurred continued consumer spending this March, according to the National Retail Federation.
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