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LIMA Study Reveals Global Revenue from Licensed Goods and Services Increased in 2017

May27LIMA(2)According to results from the Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey released by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), retail and related revenue generated globally by the trademark licensing business in 2017 rose 3.3percent to US$271.6B. Royalty revenue from sales of licensed merchandise and services rose 2.6 percent to $14.5 billion.

Entertainment/character licensing remains the largest industry category, accounting for $121.5 billion, or 44.7 percent of the total global licensing market. Corporate/brand trademarks was the next biggest property type, generating US$55.8 billion in retail receipts for 20.5 percent of total revenues, followed by fashion with $32.1 billion and sports with $26.5 billion. Some of the most significant growth came from property types that play somewhat smaller roles in the overall business, including publishing-based properties and art licensing. In addition, the music and celebrity categories saw growth reflective of the “influencers” effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Iconkids & youth Release New Kids License Monitor Study

iconkidsyouth_KidsLicenseMonitorGerman research agency iconkids & youth released the results of Kids License Monitor, a quarterly online study. The study assesses popular licenses in the UK, France, and Germany.

According to Kids License Monitor, the major properties in the market are either traditional unisex topics, or topics that mainly address boys. A brand that targets girls is less likely to make it into the top 10 children’s licenses.

The top 10 “hype” properties of the last half-year include classical unisex licenses, such as The Minions or The Simpsons, as well as action licenses including, Spider-Man, Batman, or The Avengers. That said, there is not a property that solely targets girls. Read the rest of this entry »

NRF Forecasts Retail Sales Will Increase Between 3.8 and 4.4 Percent in 2018

National Retail FederationThe National Retail Federation today released its 2018 economic forecast, projecting that retail industry sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over last year. Online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 10 and 12 percent. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants.

Retail sales grew 3.9 percent in 2017 over 2016 to $3.53 trillion, according to the U.S. Census bureau’s preliminary estimate for the year. The number is subject to revision but exceeded NRF’s forecast for growth between 3.2 and 3.8 percent.


iconkids & youth Releases Kids License Monitor Study

iconkids&youthiconkids & youth released its latest Kids License Monitor study conducted in Germany, France, and the UK, which showed that the popularity and enthusiasm that a license has differs from country to country.

 Minecraft, the Simpsons, Angry Birds, and Harry Potter are extremely popular in the UK, but they are not as popular in Germany and France. Additionally, Cars makes it into the top 10 of licenses only in France, while Micky Mouse and Tom & Jerry are popular only with German children. Read the rest of this entry »

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