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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Black Friday beat expectations as sales and footfall surged. PwC head of consumer markets Lisa Hooker joins Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald to discuss the promotional extravaganza, how the final weeks of peak will play out and what’s in store for retail in the new year.
Marks & Spencer has launched in-store farms to six branches after an enthusiastic customer reaction to the first.
The owner of health food specialist Holland & Barrett has been urged by lenders to provide additional cash as tough high street conditions bite.
Ocado has unveiled a £500m convertible bond issue following a string of deals with international retailers.
Black Friday shoppers have flocked online for deals while early footfall numbers surpassed expectations in a fillip for the retail industry.
Black Friday transactions have risen strongly year on year, early data showed.
Brait, a leading shareholder in retailers Iceland and New Look, aims to realise its investments within five years.
Sosandar, the online womenswear specialist, has posted a rise in first-half sales and said investment was powering progress at the business.
Sofas specialist ScS has reported a fall in sales as political volatility continued to hit trading.
As Marks & Spencer bids to put its apparel offer fully back in fashion with shoppers, it has wooed one of its former retail stars back to lead the offensive.
After the opening of John Lewis’ revamped department store in Southampton, where services and experience are centre stage, Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald and stores editor John Ryan discuss whether it lives up to its ‘playground’ billing and how effectively the new approach has been executed.
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Department store group John Lewis & Partners and grocery stablemate Waitrose & Partners have opened the doors to a new-model store designed to engage consumers more than ever by putting experience and services centre stage.
All the big retailers’ Christmas ads are out now and one big name that more than most will hope its seasonal marketing push results in a sack-full of spend is Marks & Spencer.
Moss Bros has appointed Bill Adams as chief financial officer, replacing Tony Bennett who is leaving for personal reasons.
Electricals retailer AO World is shutting its business in the Netherlands as it focuses on building its UK and German operations.