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Mattel Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of...

Mattel Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of $21.9 million, contrasted with a loss of $14.2 million for the year-ago period. The Hawthorne-based toy maker’s sales totaled $306.6 million, off 4%. The firm said results reflect the success of cost controls as well as the fact that Barbie and Hot Wheels--two core brands--are performing extremely well at retail, as are the Disney line of preschool and infant products, and a new doll, Li’l Miss Makeup.


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