With Lights From Toys R Us Dimmed, Sales Plunge at Hasbro - NBC 6 South Florida

With Lights From Toys R Us Dimmed, Sales Plunge at Hasbro

Toys R Us, hammered by shifting consumer trends, is shuttering the 700 stores it has left, depriving Hasbro, Barbie maker Mattel and other toy companies of prime display space nationwide

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    In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, file photo, FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin' Dragon, from Hasbro, is shown at the ninth annual TTPM Holiday Showcase, in New York. Hasbro reports sales plunged following Toys R Us closing nationwide.

    With its sales falling due to the liquidation of Toys R Us, Hasbro is looking for new places to sell Monopoly, My Little Pony and its other toys.

    Hasbro said Monday it will rely more on online sales, although it has also been working on getting its toys into more stores. CEO Brian Goldner said major retailers plan to increase their toy sections to lure former Toys R Us shoppers, which could benefit the toy maker. But, he added, it could take a year before the company sees sales rise again.

    "We're working aggressively around the world to put the impact of Toys R Us behind us," Goldner said in a conference call Monday.

    Toys R Us, hammered by shifting consumer trends, is shuttering the 700 stores it has left, depriving Hasbro, Barbie maker Mattel and other toy companies of prime display space nationwide.

    Little Boy Has Epic Reaction to News of Toys R Us Closing

    [NATL-NY] Little Boy Has Epic Reaction to News of Toys "R" Us Closing

    Little Jack is absolutely beside himself when he learns about Toys "R" Us closing "forever." (Credit: Brandi Murray)

    (Published Thursday, March 22, 2018)

    Mattel, which has been struggling with falling sales for years, had said Thursday that its CEO will step down. The company is set to report its quarterly results later this week.

    Hasbro said its revenue in the first three months of the year fell 16 percent to $716.3 million from a year ago. That was well below the $824.7 million Wall Street analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.

    The company, whose other brands include GI Joe and Scrabble, lost $112.5 million, or 90 cents per share in that period. A year earlier, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro earned $68.6 million, or 54 cents per share. There was one less week in the current quarter than a year ago.

    Adjusted for one-time costs and pretax expenses, earnings were 10 cents per share, less than a third of the 31 cents that Wall Street had expected.

    For the period ended April 1, Hasbro Inc.'s revenue dropped to $716.3 million, from $849.7 million.

    Shares of Hasbro Inc. rose nearly 3 percent to $85.05 Monday afternoon. Mattel Inc., which releases its financial results Thursday, rose more than 4 percent to $13.56.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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