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DESPITE INVESTORS' WORRIES, toy sales are still performing well. / BLOOMBERG GADFLY

Analysis: Don’t let Mattel spook you – the toy business...

NEW YORK - It's been a tough week for some of the titans of the toy aisle. Mattel Inc. reported on Thursday that, even as...
OUTDOOR SPACE: The Radeke Garden, just outside Danforth Hall at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, is one of the attractions for corporate outings. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. schools offer unique settings for doing business

The Rhode Island School of Design’s art museum is home to one of the three largest university art collections in the nation. Its colorful...
THE NEW TANSFORMERS MOVIE, from the series based on Hasbro Inc.'s toys, is off to a slow start at the box office. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

New `Transformers’ off to slow start as Paramount seeks hit

NEW YORK - Director Michael Bay will deliver his final installment in the “Transformers” movie series this week at a time when  Paramount Pictures...
BLOOMBERG BILLIONAIRES INDEX values former Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld at $1 billion. / BLOOMBERG

Monopoly man: Hasbro’s ex-CEO passes go with $1B fortune

NEW YORK - Alan G. Hassenfeld became the toy industry’s newest billionaire after shares of Monopoly maker Hasbro Inc. closed at a record on Wednesday. The...
RHODY BOOST: Tom Giordano, executive director, Partnership for Rhode Island, says the nonprofit will work to better the state’s education, employment and business environments. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business leaders partner for stronger Rhode Island

The nonprofit Partnership for Rhode Island brings together the heads of companies that collectively employ more than 500,000 people. The companies all have headquarters or...
INNOVATIVE ­DESIGN: University of Rhode Island engineering students designed a new scoliosis brace and printed a 1/25-scale model prototype on a 3-D printer. From left, Gabriella Divine, a fifth-year mechanical-engineering and Spanish major from East Greenwich; Chris Viveiros, a mechanical-engineering senior from Attleboro; URI professor Bahram Nassersharif; Dan Cross, a mechanical-engineering senior from Northborough, Mass.; and Thomas Brey, a mechanical-engineering senior from Manville, N.Y. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

URI engineering students design new scoliosis back brace

The most common daily brace worn for scoliosis, the Boston brace, was created in the 1970s and remains a go-to solution for physicians treating...
The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy broke ground on Brandon’s Beach at Burnside Par, a new nautical themed playground. From left to right: Wendy Nilsson, Cliff Wood, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Brian Goldner, Barbara Goldner, Governor Gina Raimondo, Tiffany Rodrigues, Karen Davis

DPPC breaks ground on ‘Brandon’s Beach’ playground at Burnside Park

PROVIDENCE - The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, a public-private partnership formed to preserve and revitalize Providence’s historic downtown area, broke ground on a new...
Demolition of the John E. Fogarty Memorial Building is expected to resume this week./PBN PHOTO FILE ELI SHERMAN

Demolition to resume on Fogarty building

PROVIDENCE – After three weeks of weekend-only demolition intended to reduce impacts on neighboring workplaces, the razing of the John E. Fogarty Memorial Building...
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Hasbro to launch game subscription service

Updated 1:10 p.m. PAWTUCKET – Hasbro Inc. plans to launch a quarterly subscription service this summer that will allow buyers to purchase crates of new...
HASBRO'S PIE FACE game helped boost sales for the company in the first quarter. / COURTESY HASBRO INC.

Games fuel Hasbro first quarter growth

PAWTUCKET – Hasbro Inc. profit and revenue climbed in the first quarter, thanks to a nearly 43 percent jump in sales of new games...
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