The National Retail Federation anticipates “continued, measured growth” in retail sales this year, as much of the issues that caused volatility in 2013 have been resolved.
Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still at the top of children’s wish lists this year, but non-traditional items are also in demand.
Retail dollar sales of toys experienced a decline of 1 percent when compared to 2012, according to 2013 year-end retail sales data compiled by The NPD Group.
July was a mixed bag for retailers, with sales gains in some categories but declines in others.
More than 141 million unique shoppers went shopping Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million last year.
Spending has leveled off in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country.