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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With some retail leaders preparing for ‘the worst Christmas since Woolworths collapsed’ in 2008, the team debate if businesses will be full of festive cheer or fear by the end of 2019.
The state of WHSmith’s carpets might prompt mirth on social media, but there’s nothing shabby about the legacy of departing chief executive Steve Clarke.
When John Lewis Partnership chair Sir Charlie Mayfield unveiled a restructure of the bellwether retailer, so radical was the overhaul that jaws dropped across the industry.
After Hays Travel bought more than 500 Thomas Cook stores, potentially saving thousands of jobs, following its recent collapse, the team debate if the move is savvy or reckless, and what the deal means for the wider high street.
The acquisition of Thomas Cook by Hays Travel is potentially great news for high streets, one shaft of sunlight to pierce the clouds hanging over town centres.
Marks & Spencer has strengthened its food division with the appointment of four new directors ahead of its launch online with Ocado.
Ex-Waitrose managing director Lord Mark Price has launched an online bookstore which he hopes to turn into a “Netflix for business”.
Marks & Spencer has launched the first big marketing campaign for its Per Una range in more than five years, coinciding with an overhaul of the sub-brand
European value retailer and Poundland stablemate Pepco has named Trevor Masters as its new boss.
Harrods managing director Michael Ward has voiced fears that a Corbyn administration would impose money exchange controls to stop cash flowing overseas and that wealthy customers would take fright.
Boots UK has appointed a new retail director in the latest hire as it seeks to improve performance.
John Lewis & Partners has become the latest retailer to demand better terms from landlords.
Waitrose managing director Rob Collins said his head beat his heart as he emphatically backed the new management structure at John Lewis Partnership, which will result in his departure.
The value of product will become less important to retailers in future but product will instead open the door to new sources of value, the bosses of Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com believe.