George MacDonald is executive editor of Retail Week.
He has worked on the title since 1998, originally starting as a reporter, and covered sectors ranging from food to department stores.
He is in day-to-day charge of Retail Week’s editorial content online and in print. He writes a weekly City column and blogs.
George has interviewed many of the biggest names in retail and is often asked to comment in the wider media on the latest industry developments.
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There was a joyful sense of release on Monday when, after three months of lockdown darkness, so-called non-essential shops reopened.
John Lewis Partnership has appointed a director of financial services as it seeks to push into that market to complement its retail operations.
JD Sports has “retained substantially all of its record profitability” despite facing “unprecedented challenges” over the past year.
Sainsbury’s has signed a two-year deal with delivery specialist Deliveroo to extend a trial to 100 stores and another with Uber Eats covering a further 78 stores.
As non-essential retail reopens its doors in England on April 12, Retail Week visits key shopping locations to gauge retail offers and shopper appetite.
Department store group John Lewis has launched an own brand promising “quality and style at everyday prices” that will be in stores from Monday when ‘non-essential’ retailers reopen.
Homewares specialist Dunelm reported that it underperformed the market in its third quarter as stores were shut during lockdown, but it still expects full-year results to beat expectations.
Fashion etailer Asos has upped profit expectations after a strong first half powered by “exceptional execution” as the pandemic continued.
Retail tycoon Theo Paphitis has urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to reform business rates or risk the “destruction” of bricks-and-mortar retail.
Fashion giant H&M has insisted it remains committed to trading in China and hopes to defuse a row over forced labour allegations that have led to a backlash against the retailer.
Buy cheap, pile on debt, flog assets and extract the value, sell high to a new owner and pay yourself handsomely – that’s one characterisation of private equity, with recently collapsed department store group Debenhams seen as the poster child in critics’ eyes.
After a long, dark winter, Covid restrictions are at last beginning to be relaxed and retailers forced to shut during lockdown can look forward to reopening.
As retailers prepare to reopen next month, toy retailer The Entertainer founder and chair Gary Grant and childrenswear specialist Pud Store founder Frances Bishop discuss their hopes and expectations, how consumers will behave and how their businesses have changed during the pandemic.
Fashion etailer Boohoo has published a list of UK suppliers and unveiled a sustainability strategy as it seeks to address controversy that has dogged the business.
Fashion giants Nike and H&M face boycott demands from Chinese consumers after expressing concern over allegations of forced labour in cotton production.
The Keynote: Let’s stop bashing UK retail’s online stars
Online retailer Eve Sleep has reduced annual losses and said its recovery programme is ahead of schedule.