September 3, 2020, 08.11 PM

COPENHAGEN, KOMPAS.com – Coronavirus lockdowns sent Lego sales soaring 14 percent in the first six months of 2020 as families spent more time at home.

The Danish toymaker announced the report on Wednesday.

With more playtime together at home, family-owned Lego has returned to growth since 2017 when after a decade of double-digit sales increases came to an abrupt halt.

Since then, the company has managed to outpace growth in the overall toy market, a trend that continued between January and June.

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Best known for its colorful plastic bricks, Lego competes for market share with the likes of Barbie maker Mattel and Hasbro.

"We saw a very positive development during the coronavirus lockdown when families began playing and building Lego sets together," Chief Executive Niels Christiansen said in an interview.

"We've seen momentum continue into the second half of the year even after people started going back to work and to school. So the result is not just a reflection of two months when everyone was sitting at home," said Christiansen, who took the helm at Lego in 2017.

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Last year, Lego increased investments in e-commerce and its brand website, which saw the number of visitors double to 100 million in the first six months of 2020.

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