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Image of the week: Death on the markets Death has been in charge of the stock markets lately, according to this picture evidence from Frankfurt, Ge(...)

Industry-wide sales of Star Wars-licensed merchandise totaled about $700 million in the United States in 2015

Hasbro reported its biggest jump in quarterly revenue in nearly five years, beating analysts’ estimates by a wide margin, driven by demand for toys ba(...)

 Newly-released Barbie dolls featuring three new body types from Mattel: toymaker was reportedly approached by Hasbro about a potential transaction late last year. Photograph:  Mattel/EPA

Hasbro and Mattel have held talks about merging two of the world’s biggest toymakers, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that wou(...)

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei:   Lego has dropped restrictions on bulk orders of its toy bricks after facing a storm of criticism for refusing to sell thousands of them to Ai. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published photographs of himself with Lego hanging off his moustache and beard on Wednesday, celebrating the toymak(...)

Rey played by Daisy Ridley. Hasbro has tweeted: “We love your passion for Rey, and are happy to share that we will be including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year”

Star Wars heroine Rey is to be added to an updated Monopoly game based on the latest blockbuster film after angry fans objected that her character had(...)

There has been a surge in demand for Lego products in the run-up to Christmas.

Some children may not get their Christmas wishes fulfilled this year as Lego’s factories, although running at full speed, may not be able to make enou(...)

Lego, the Danish toymaker, said first-half sales rose 23 per cent, helped by growth in Asia. Revenue increased to 14.1 billion kroner (€1.88 billion).(...)

The boardgame Monopoly being manufactured at the Hasbro Ireland plant, at Waterford. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish business of games giant Hasbro has reported increased profits for 2014 despite a substantial fall in sales. The US firm’s Waterford manufac(...)

Traditional toys have fallen out of favour as demand for toys based on movie franchises such as ‘Jurassic Park’ have grown. Photograph:  Universal Studios Handout/Reuters

US toymaker Hasbro reported a lower-than-expected decline in quarterly revenue, helped by strong demand for its Jurassic World- and Star Wars-themed t(...)

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Investors in European equities shrugged off concerns over Greece as stimulus measures from China lifted sentiment.China’s central bank decided to cut(...)