Toy Sales Soft
Going into Holidays
Published: 11/16/2012 01:33am
Toy sales are running at 5 to 6% below last year going into the holidays, according to BMO Capital Markets toy analyst Gerrick Johnson, as reported by CNBC. Early season sales in September and early October were good, but those now appear to have been sales pulled forward by layaway plans, the report said.
If current trends continue, the toy market would show the worst year over year change since the analysts’s report began in 1980. A lack of hits was the biggest reason cited for the soft sales to date.
Hasbro was having trouble with its boys category, according to its most recent quarterly report (see "“Hasbro's Game Sales Stabilize"), with the category down 12% vs. 2011 in Q3, although games had stabilized, led by growth in its Wizards of the Coast division.
|Top Ten Tabletop Kickstarters: How They Do It|
|'Creepy' Big Data Could Improve Comics' Quality and Reach|
|Confessions of a Comic Book Guy--Prelude to a Kiss|
|Rolling for Initiative--GAMA Goals and How They Would Benefit Me (And You)|
|DVD Round-Up: 'Parker,' Arnold, 'True Blood,' & 'Tenchi'|
|David Luebke of Dave's Comics on DC's 'Gimmicks'|
|Ted Yee of T&N Games on 'M:TG-Dragon's Maze' Prerelease|
|Ron Catapano of Ron's Comic World 'Man of Steel' Movie Tickets|
|Greg Angel of The Dragon's Keep on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Movie|
|Charles Brownstein of the CBLDF on 'Saga' #12|
|New Copy of 'Action Comics' #1 Discovered
Being Used as InsulationA contractor found it being used as insulation in the wall of a house.