Chinese toy makers losing Xmas cheer amid trade war

Made-in-China toy dolls of South Korean boy band BTS at a store in Washington. Big toy purveyors such as Walmart have already piled up inventory, given the uncertainty over how the trade war between the US and China will pan out, according to industr
Made-in-China toy dolls of South Korean boy band BTS at a store in Washington. Big toy purveyors such as Walmart have already piled up inventory, given the uncertainty over how the trade war between the US and China will pan out, according to industry officials.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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SINGAPORE/BEIJING • Chinese factories are normally at their busiest during the third quarter, cranking out everything ranging from Barbie dolls to miniature trucks in time to ship them over to the United States ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season.

This year is different.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'Chinese toy makers losing Xmas cheer amid trade war'. Print Edition | Subscribe