Retail is full of colourful characters weighing in on developments in the sector – here’s a list of our top quotes this year.

“When the board makes a change then you have to accept it. Tonight I will be going for a very large beer”

Dalton Philips on his departure from Morrisons

“Anachronistic, opaque and only able to function with a large number of inefficient exemptions and reliefs”

Hammerson chief executive David Atkins on business rates in a letter to Chancellor George Osborne

“An attentive investor, I’m embarrassed to report, would have sold Tesco shares earlier”

Legendary investor Warren Buffett in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

“I will be constructing a leaner management board, with the aim of simplifying and speeding up the business”

Morrisons boss David Potts on cutting five directors from the management board shortly after joining the embattled grocer

The Iceland boss waded in on many issues facing retailers, from Christmas trading to the Which? super-complaint.

Malcolm Walker

The Iceland boss sounded off on many issues facing retailers this year, from Christmas trading to the Which? super-complaint

“It’s bollocks. You look at the number of investigations into food retailers – and why? It’s political, we are a cheap target. They never find anything”

Iceland boss Malcolm Walker on the Which? super-complaint against the grocery industry’s “misleading” pricing tactics

“I look forward to the day when the media look at Aldi through the prism of Aldi being a retailer in its own right, that’s British in all but ownership, that invests all of its profits into the British business, that employs 28,000 people in Britain and that has British credentials in terms of its suppliers, rather than being referred to, almost without exception, alongside Lidl as ‘the German discounters’”

Aldi UK boss Matthew Barnes on comparisons with rival Lidl

Philip Green said selling BHS to Retail Acquisitions was a 'happy-sad day' for him.

Philip Green

Sir Philip Green said selling BHS to Retail Acquisitions was a ‘happy-sad day’ for him

“It’s a happy-sad day. We’ve spoken to all the managers and the staff. There are people we’ve worked with for 15 years”

Sir Philip Green on selling BHS to Retail Acquisitions

“Fulfilment has become a battleground as online and high street retailers have volleyed a confusing array of options into the market”

Home Retail boss John Walden as Argos unveiled nationwide same-day delivery

“Leading Waitrose has been amazing and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity, but I’ve always had in mind that 10 years would be about the right length of time”

Waitrose managing director Mark Price on his plans to step down from the grocer

“The negative press and media coverage is something we could have done better. We could have spent more time and got our side of the story across”

Sports Direct boss Dave Forsey on how the retailer has dealt with criticism

“Customers have told us loud and clear that they don’t want to be held hostage to a day or two of sales”

Asda chief executive Andy Clarke explains the grocer’s decision to call time on Black Friday

“At Dixons Carphone we just made it through the last profound shift okay, but there’s another tsunami coming – and this new shift, just 15 years after the last, is going to bump off as many retailers as the last one. This is a total asteroid strike at the heart of everything we thought we knew”

Dixons Carphone boss Seb James discusses the rise of the connected consumer at Retail Week Live

“It’s illogical this can be produced at no cost. We think our customers will understand this is reasonable. They understand we’re a good corporate citizen and can’t give everything away for free. There is a huge logistical operation behind this system and, quite frankly, it’s unsustainable”

Andy Street on introducing a £2 charge on John Lewis’ click-and-collect orders of less than £30

The Sainsbury's boss made headlines this year when he was sentenced to two years in Egyptian jail for embezzlement.

Mike Coupe

The Sainsbury’s boss made headlines this year when he was sentenced to two years in Egyptian jail for embezzlement

“This relates to a historic commercial dispute in which Mike Coupe had no involvement and we strongly refute all the allegations”

A Sainsbury’s statement following Mike Coupe being sentenced to two years in Egyptian jail for embezzlement

“Surprised and disappointed”

Jim McCarthy on the the CMA conducting an in-depth investigation into Poundland’s planned takeover of 99p Stores

“Bloody awful”

Malcolm Walker on Christmas trading in 2014