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Toy Sales Globally and in the U.S. Both Grow by 1 Percent in 2017, Reports The NPD Group
25 January 2018
Toy industry sales grew by 1 percent in 2017 across the 12 global markets tracked by The NPD Group, a leading global information company.  On par with the world’s collective performance, toy sales in the United States, the world’s largest toy market, grew by 1 percent to $20.7 billion in 2017*. Partially driven by inflation, Mexico and Russia grew the fastest, with sales in these countries up 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The United Kingdom, France, and Australia experienced declines, while sales were flat in Germany and Italy.
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Free Product Safety Trainings for Toys Manufactured in China and Vietnam: March 2018
25 January 2018
13 March 2018 in Shanghai | 15 March 2018 in Guangzhou | 20 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh
CPSC Staff in cooperation with the American Chambers of Commerce in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Vietnam will conduct free product safety training for buyers and sourcing professionals buying apparel, electronics, and toys manufactured in China and Vietnam, respectively.
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Research: Moms More Likely to Choose Toys Linked with Developmental Benefits & The Genius of Play
16 January 2018
New research commissioned by The Genius of Play, The Toy Association’s initiative to raise awareness about play’s critical role in child development, finds that moms of young children are more likely to choose toys for their kids that incorporate developmental messaging than toys that do not. In light of these findings, toy companies are encouraged to use free resources available through The Genius of Play assets page in their communications with consumers, including play facts, research, and social media assets.
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ICTI CARE Develops Auditor Assessment Tool
4 July 2017
ICTI CARE, the leading responsible sourcing program for the global toy industry, has developed a confidential auditor assessment tool that enables toy factories to evaluate the performance of on-site auditors. The online tool, which is integrated into ICTI CARE’s responsible sourcing platform, is the first of its kind for factories undergoing social compliance audits.
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Global Toy Industry Priority Issues and Projects Discussed at 43rd Annual General ICTI Meeting
23 June 2017
Representatives of national toy trade associations from around the world convened in Sydney, Australia last week for the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) 43rd Annual General Meeting. Hosted by the Australian Toy Association (ATA), the June 11-13 meeting explored issues currently affecting the worldwide toy industry—including the future trends of toys, the value of play, social responsibility, and standards and regulatory issues.
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International Screen-Free Week Encourages Families to "Enjoy Life Beyond the Screen"
1 May 2017
Screen-Free Week kicked off May 1, encouraging schools, libraries, families, and communities around the globe to host events designed to help children turn off screens in order to connect with nature, family, and their own creativity. Organized by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the celebration runs through May 7.
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Mojo Nation Champions the Global Toy Inventor and Designer Community
18 April 2017
For toy inventors and designers looking to bring their product to market, Mojo Nation is a new resource striving to bring attention to, create opportunities for, and accelerate the careers of the creative toy community. Toy News Tuesday editors sat down with Billy Langsworthy, the organization's co-founder and the former editor of ToyNews in the UK, to discuss the importance of celebrating and supporting the global inventor and designer community.
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Strong Market Surveillance Helps Children Play Safe
16 March 2017
The publication of the 2016 Rapid Alert System Statistics by the European Commission highlights the importance of an effective and well enforced market surveillance system to catch disreputable companies who avoid implementing the rules.
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Global Toy Market Approaching $90 Billion in 2016
16 December 2017
The global toy market is expected to exceed $90 billion in sales in 2016—a record for the toy industry—according to a new report by The NPD Group and the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI).
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ICPHSO International Symposium to Take Place During “Product Safety Week” in EU
17 August 2016
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) will bring together product safety professionals from across industries and global markets to discuss issues of interest to product safety professionals at its International Symposium in Brussels, Belgium on November 14-15, 2016.
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Information Technology Agreement’s Duty-Free Treatment In Effect For Certain Electronic Toys
13 July 2016
Exporters in various industries from toys to medical supplies have begun experiencing the benefits of lifted tariffs due to the Information Technology Agreement’s expansion, which was enacted on July 1st. More than 200 information technology products now receive duty-free treatment, including certain types of electronic toys.
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TIA President's Letter: Panama Canal’s Expansion No Guarantee For Smooth Sailing
5 July 2016
Toy Industry Association (TIA) President & CEO Steve Pasierb provides his thoughts on the Panama Canal's recent expansion and why it may be too soon for the toy community to expect a positive impact.
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Brexit and Toys: Keep Calm and Carry On For Now
5 July 2016
On June 23rd, the United Kingdom’s citizens voted 52% to 48% to secede from the European Union in a referendum commonly referred to as “Brexit.” Though Britain’s full withdrawal from the U.K. could take more than two years once fully approved, regulations and tariffs applicable to toys sold in the British market may be impacted.
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