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  • Suggested Price: $16.99 and up With the election looming, more than 767,000Halloween party-goers are expected to wear some sort of political costume, according to NRF’s survey, conducted by the firm BIGinsight. This means President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be going head-to-head at the costume shop, as well as at the polls. Some costume retailers suggest that mask purchases may even predict the outcome of the election. Of course, not everyone uses their costume choice to express their po

    With nearly seven in 10 Americans planning to celebrate Halloween, Oct. 31 is one of the fastest growing holidays of the year. Click to see some of the trendiest adult costumes for 2012.

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    If you were checking out the latest hot holiday toy lists and are filled with a slight sense of deja vu, you are probably not alone. Several major toy retailers —Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart Stores, Sears Holdings’ Kmart – have weighed in with their picks for this year’s hottest toys. Topping those lists are retro brands like Furby, Lego, Barbie, and new editions of brands that were popular last year.

  • Manufacturer: Spin Master Suggested Price: $39.97 What’s better than a radio-controlled flying helicopter? A radio-controlled flying helicopter that shoots as it flies, that’s what. Add in the ability to drive the vehicle on the ground over bumps, too — and an affordable price tag — and you have Air Hogs’ Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter.

    What will the hot holiday toys be this year? Retailers such as Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Kohl’s have weighed in with their choices for this year's must-have toys.

  • A  from the Motion Picture Association of America said that the movie industry loses billions of dollars every year to Internet piracy. The phenomenon is widespread in part because of file-sharing technology such as BitTorrent, which allows computer users to copy large files --- like movies --- from each other.At the Australian International Movie Convention on Aug. 21, Kim Williams, CEO of the Australian media conglomerate News Limited, called file-sharing  He went on to say that illegally down

    The file-sharing news website TorrentFreak.com released a list of the 10 most-pirated movies of all time, compiled from BitTorrent tracking data since 2006.

  • In the throwdown between superhero stocks, who would win? The "Mad Money" host has the answer.

  • Stocks staged a strong comeback from their lows Monday, with the Dow posting a triple-digit recovery, but all three major indexes still finished in the red amid fresh worries over the euro zone.

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    Threats of television programming blackouts have become begrudgingly accepted by adults who know what these financial fights are all about.

  • It's only July but we can tell you right now what the kids are going to want once the holidays roll around.

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    Brave’s Princess Merida joins Disney’s panoply of princesses, a brand which has generated over four billion dollars in global retail sales.

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  • Although shares of Hasbro took a beating on Monday smaller rival Jakks Pacific surged. Find out why Karen Finerman thinks the smaller game maker could be a big winner.

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    The end of austerity in Europe? The news was not good for supporters of austerity this weekend.

  • Thank you, Easter Bunny Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a survey by BIGinsight on behalf of the retail industry trade group, the National Retail Federation. Spending on the holiday is expected to rise 11 percent from last year to about $16.8 billion. This means the average person celebrating will spend $145.28 on everything from candy to food to new Easter outfits. That’s no small sum, especially when you

    Thank you, Easter Bunny.  Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a survey by BIGinsight.

  • Toy Fair 2012

    Since American International Toy Fair wrapped up last week, Consumer Nation has been looking at all the latest trends as the industry tries to revive sales.

  • The nation’s oldest operating toy store, FAO Schwarz, is turning 150 years old this year. To commemorate this milestone, the company has assembled a collection of more than 20 iconic toys that span the decades that customers can view at its Fifth Avenue store in New York until April 10.The toys date to the early years of the 20th century and include a Richard Stieff Teddy Bear. Also on display are the original Barbie and Ken dolls, a prototype of the Etch A Sketch , and seven of the original Hot

    The nation’s oldest operating toy store, FAO Schwarz, is turning 150 years old this year. Here are some of their historic toys and a glimpse of a few scenes from around the store.

  • If you have ever had to wrestle your iPad from your child’s clutches, you know that kids love playing on tablets and smartphones. The trend has not been missed by toymakers. They know that even before a child can read or speak, they have an affinity for these devices.Enter the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair: toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones. The trend began last year, but this year the volume of products in this categor

    What's the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair? Toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones.

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    A look at the most notable trends from this week’s 109th American International Toy Fair in New York: from monsters to app games, from musical toys to ninjas.

  • “Play Happens” is the motto you see splattered on signs as you walk around the American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York, and indeed it does. That might be why the mood remained upbeat at the 2012 Toy Fair, despite coming off another year of weak toy industry sales. U.S. retail sales of toys generated $21.18 billion in 2011, a 2 percent decline from the $21.68 billion in toy sales rung up in 2010, according to market researcher NPD Group. Of course the decline was

    Toymakers are looking to new products to excite shoppers and get them to buy, and that’s what Toy Fair is all about. Check out some of the coolest toys from Toy Fair 2012.

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    Joel Rosenzweig was looking for something that would keep 140 kids entertained at his son’s bar mitzvah. The entrepreneur had been working on a idea — an LED light-up toy that special light effects — and decided to take advantage of this ready-made focus group.