NORTH AMERICA–February retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants)increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over January and 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation.
NORTH AMERICA–Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, known for her appearance on “Jersey Shore,” has inked a deal with Swim USA to create line of body inclusive swim suits, dubbed “snookinis.”
NORTH AMERICA–STX Entertainment has tapped Jay Franco for an assortment of UglyDolls-branded home products.
NORTH AMERICA—The Jel Sert Company has appointed Lisa Marks Associates as its North American licensing agent.
NORTH AMERICA–Genius Brands International has appointed Cindy Elfenbein to serve as the company’s vice president of global consumer products and retail development.
NORTH AMERICA–Genius Brands International has tapped Robert Denton to serves as the company’s chief financial officer, effective April 18.
NORTH AMERICA—Sanrio has teamed up with Ergobaby, an ergonomic baby mobility brand, for a limited edition line of baby products featuring Hello Kitty.