Toys R Us

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Lego has invested significantly in its product portfolio, ecommerce and its brand. Photograph: iStock

Lego overcame the twin challenges of coronavirus lockdowns and the general gloom in the toy industry to record increases in both sales and profits in (...)

Walmart has coped better than other retailers with competitive pressure from Amazon, in part because of the scale of its domestic grocery business.

The world’s biggest retailer Walmart has reported a slowdown in sales growth, cautioning volumes in the US had been unexpectedly weak in the run-up to(...)

 Grafton Street on December 21st, 2019: Consumers were due to spend about €2,800 per household over the Christmas period. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto

The threat of a no-deal Brexit hung like a dark cloud over the Irish retail industry for much of 2019, weighing on confidence. The threat of a disorde(...)

Famous US toy retailer FAO Schwarz has opened a 6,000 sq ft store in Arnotts, replete with a walk-on piano keyboard made famous by Tom Hanks in the 1988 film Big. Photograph: Alan Betson

With Christmas just around the corner, famous US toy retailer FAO Schwarz has opened a 557sq m (6,000sq ft) store in Arnotts, replete with a walk-on p(...)

 The Smyths store in Carrickmines, Dublin. The group  has completely conquered the British market, opening more than 100 large retail outlets there in a little over a decade

The filing of its accounts confirmed last week that Smyths Toys is already making a financial return on its deal last year to acquire the central Euro(...)

The group is also building a new €40m distribution facility in northern Germany, as it brings its ‘big box’ retailing model to the continent. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ninety-three stores in Germany, Switzerland and Austria bought last year by Smyths Toys had sales of at least €340 million and generated profits befor(...)

The Mayo family-owned toy retailer this month opened a new Smyths superstore in Munich, bringing its total in the German market to 66. Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

Smyths Toys has begun its expansion in the central European market, after completing the rebranding of the region’s former Toys R Us division that it (...)

Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Debenhams, which operates 11 stores in the Republic, says its trading divisions, staff, suppliers and customers are unaffected for now after its lende(...)

Smyths Toys picked up the Toys R Us central European business for a reported €79 million. Photograph: Frank Miller

For The Irish Times Deal of the Year Award this year, we’ve chosen four major transactions that have either rewarded their owners for years of hard wo(...)

Photograph: iStock

European shares edged up on Friday, buoyed by a bounce on Wall Street as a turbulent week drew to a close and investors licked their wounds. The Sto(...)

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