Mattel Chairman and Chief Executive Robert A. Eckert is encouraged by what he says is positive momentum as retail stores gear up for the holiday shopping season. "There will be a Christmas and Mattel toys will be under the tree. And we'll likely sell more toys than anyone else," Eckert said last week in a conference call. Eckert noted that retailer inventories are down by roughly double-digit percentages from a year earlier -- a big improvement over higher inventories at the start of the year.

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