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CNBC's Jane Wells reports American toy companies have relied on sales from United States consumers including Mattel, who gets 52% of its sales in the U.S.
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.
We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.
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Video game characters and monster mash-ups are big for the little set this year. Click to see some of the hottest costumes.
Each Halloween there are many classic themes people use to inspire their costume choice, but every year there are some that stand out from the rest.
The costume business is booming. Not only are more adults dressing up for Halloween each year, but it seems costumes aren’t just for trick-or-treating.
It's that most wonderful time of the year for toy makers. Parents will soon be stuffing the closets full of toys to give as holiday gifts. But before we get there, parents will need to know what to buy. So here comes the parade of hot holiday toy lists.
Toys 'R Us is ratcheting up the number of exclusive products it will sell this holiday season. The expanded effort, which may have been foretold by the company's hiring of Neil Friedman, a long-time Mattel executive earlier this year, will be supported by direct-mail efforts (which will begin this weekend), social marketing, and television advertising.
Kids love to play with devices such as Apple's iPad, and this isn't lost on toy makers, who are using a variety of tactics to keep kids of all ages engaged amid the increased competition for a share of kids' playtime.
After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. Here are some of the coolest gadgets from the 108th annual American International Toy Fair!
Many of the toys we combed through for our holiday toy slideshow were priced low, which is fitting, given the cost-consciousness that reigns among consumers these days.
With each passing year, it seems the notion of Halloween being a children's holiday gets farther and farther from the reality. More adults than ever before are planning to wear a costume and celebrate the holiday this year, with a National Retail Federation survey estimating about one in four Americans will dress up for the holiday. To that end, some popular children's characters are being intrepreted into sexy costumes for women, and shoppers can't get enough.
More adults than ever before are planning to get dressed up this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey. Click to see some of the trendiest costumes for 2010.
Talking with toy manufacturers at Time to Play magazine's annual holiday showcase event in New York, the message is clear: It is still all about value.
Now that retailers such as Toys 'R Us and Kmart have weighed in on their picks for the hot toys for this Christmas holiday season, it's time for several toy industry trade publications to make their best guesses. Here are some of the toys that are making several lists.
Frightened by the economic outlook? Haunted by fears about your job security? Don't worry Halloween is coming, and Americans are ready to get into the spirit. In what will likely be welcome news for retailers, Americans plan to return to 2008 spending levels on candy and costumes after pulling back on spending last year.
It may be too early to tell which toys parents will be hunting for this holiday season, but with Christmas just months away, there is already buzz building around Mattel's harmonizing plush characters, the Sing-a-ma-jigs. These critters and 14 other toys have made Toys 'R Us' "Fabulous 15."
Toys 'R Us will soon debut at least 10 FAO Schwarz pop-up stores, meaning some folks won't have to travel to New York to dance on the big piano keyboard this holiday season.
Hasbro has pushed back near an all-time high, and one trader is positioning for a correction in the next two months.