Skateboards, scooters help fuel 19% bump in first half 2021 toy sales


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Sales of skateboards and scooters propelled U.S. toy sales to $11 billion during the first half of 2021, a 19% increase from 2020, the NPD Group said Thursday.

For more than a year, the toy industry has been bolstered by purchases from families stuck at home in lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. Disposable incomes shifted from movie theaters, amusement parks and restaurants to toys, as parents looked for ways to keep their kids entertained.

With the new Covid-19 delta variant, this trend has continued.

Outdoor and sports toys have seen the largest boost over the last six months, reaching $2.9 billion in sales, up 11% from last…


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