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Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Fergus Toy Shop Pieces Together the World's Largest Puzzle
A combined charitable/promotional event launched by Jester's Fun Factory, a Fergus, Ontario specialty store, has attracted 200 puzzle fans eager to participate in completing the mind-boggling 33,600-piece jigsaw.
More Retailers Discover TaG Central Spring 2016 Show
Thirty specialty-market exhibitors at the Spring 2016 Toys and Games Central Fair (February 28-March 1), welcomed a steady stream of retailers, some from as far away as Victoria and Fredericton.

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Trade News

NPD Group Charts Early Upswing in U.S. Toy Business
Retail data collected in recent months by market research firm The NPD Group revealed the American toy industry grew a healthy six percent (US$206 million) in Q1 2016.
TIA Experts Reveal Year's Top Toy Trends
U.S. Toy Industry Association play experts told Toy Fair visitors that robotics, drones, creative playthings and family-inclusive toys and games would top consumers' wish lists in 2016.
NPD Report Confirms Growth of U.S. Toy Industry in 2015
The NPD Group's latest retail data report says several factors last year contributed to the U.S. toy industry's rebound that resulted in strong sales in major categories, such as games.
NETS Annouces 2015 Retailer and Supplier of the Year Awards
At the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada's recent AGM, Linda Stortz, Stortz Toys, received the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award. Teresa Johansson, Village Toy Shop, was named Retailer of the Year.
Doc McStuffins Vet Kit Awarded 2016 Toy of the Year
Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Cente has captured the 2016 TOTY. The kit includes a variety of role-playing tools that encourage preschoolers to care for their toy pets.
Canadians Invited to Party Hearty in NYC
The Canadian Toy Association will host its second annual Canadians-only reception on February 14 during the 2016 North American Toy Fair.

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Column

Striking it Rich: how to work with upscale customers
Easy to forget, but well-heeled customers want the same things as everybody else. Retail strategist Jeff Mowatt has five strategies for dealing with the higher net worth set.

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