French stalking Hamleys
The most famous toyshop in England, Hamleys, could soon have a Gallic flavour if a reported sale, estimated to be around £60 million, goes through.
Groupe Ludendo, a French firm, owns toy stores in France Belgium, Switzerland and Spain.
Landsbanki, Hamley’s current majority stakeholder, came into possession of the toy chain when the investment group Baugur collapsed during the UK recession.
Hamelys first opened its doors in 1881, on Regent Street in London and has grown to eight outlets in the UK and Ireland.
The sale could be finalised as early as the end of July.