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Toy tariff story

Nov 20, 2019
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Mattel isn't having much fun these days

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 29, 2019
Rival toymaker Hasbro reported disappointing earnings last week, and Mattel faces similar headwinds from tariffs and store closures.
Mattel's offices in El Segundo, California, in 2009.
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The Season

Hasbro's poor earnings report tells a trade war story

by Marielle Segarra Oct 22, 2019
Tariff-related uncertainty caused chaos on the cusp of the company's most important season.
Hasbro toys on display at a Target store in 2019 in San Rafael, California.
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Hasbro bets $4 billion on content by purchasing Peppa Pig's producer

by Erika Beras Aug 26, 2019
A company that turns toys into movies and TV buys a company whose cartoons make great toys.
A boy holds a "Once Upon a Time Princess Rose" Peppa Pig toy at Hamleys in London in 2015.
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New movies drive toy sales, but threat of tariffs looms

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 25, 2019
The industry is living under threat of tariffs on toys manufactured in China.
Hasbro toys are displayed at a Target store in February 2019 in San Rafael, California.
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Mattel, Hasbro to offer snapshot of toy industry

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 7, 2019
Mattel and Hasbro will both report their earnings this week. Mattel reports Thursday after the market closes, and Hasbro reports Friday. Combined, these two companies will give us a sense of how the toy industry fared during the all-important holiday…
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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Toy manufacturers adjust to a post-Toys R Us world

by Emma Jacobs Oct 23, 2018
The retail giant's bankruptcy has Hasbro and other toymakers scrambling to prepare for the holidays.
Shoppers crowd Toys R Us in Times Square on Nov. 23, Black Friday, in 2007 in New York City.
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Toy manufacturers adjust to a post-Toys R Us world

by Emma Jacobs Oct 23, 2018
The retail giant's bankruptcy has Hasbro and other toymakers scrambling to prepare for the holidays.
Shoppers crowd Toys R Us in Times Square on Nov. 23, Black Friday, in 2007 in New York City.
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With Toys R Us gone, Hasbro's finding new retail shelves

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 23, 2018
Toymaker Hasbro will report second-quarter earnings later this morning. Earlier in 2018, the company reported that first-quarter revenue had fallen by 16 percent compared with the same period last year. It’s been a tough couple of months as retailer Toys…
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Hasbro will transform its own games and toys into films

by Aaron Schrank Oct 23, 2017
Toy giant Hasbro has partnered with Hollywood companies to produce films based on its brands like Transformers, G.I. Joe and Battleship. Now it wants to take that business in-house, and finance the movies itself. With toy retailers in trouble, including…

It’s not child’s play: Hasbro and Mattel battle for success in the world of toys

by Reema Khrais Jul 24, 2017
Hasbro, the toy and game powerhouse, reports its second quarter earnings today . So far this year, the company has been going strong, beating expectations, which is not the case for its rival, Mattel. We explore why the companies may…