Toy market news

Sarah Harding appointed senior buyer of toys to Toys R Us UK buying and marketing team

The Australian Toys R Us operation has also announced solid growth during the first half of the retailer’s financial year

Sarah Harding is the latest recruit to the Toys R Us UK buying and marketing team. Sarah has a wealth of toy experience, having commenced her toy career over 20 years ago at Woolworths and Entertainment UK, before moving to Hamleys. She spent eight years as a senior buyer at Toys R Us before moving to Mothercare and Early Learning Centre, and has most recently been working at Bourne Leisure.

Sarah joins James Ford in the UK toy buying team, and according to Louis Mittoni, her appointment takes the senior buying team – which also includes Diane Lee, Katie Ellis, Lukasz Jajinski and Mike Coogan – to over 120 years of experience.

Meanwhile, according to a report on Australian website Inside Retail, Toys R Us has posted solid growth in order volumes during the first half of the retailer’s financial year.

Unaudited sales revenue rose 85% to $8.5m, while the average order value was estimated to be $115.70, representing a 22% increase.

toyworldmag.co.uk