Morrisons denies reports that online operations chief has left

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Supermarket group Morrisons has responded to reports that George Dymond, senior executive for online operations, has left, saying he is still employed by the company.

The move follows a report by Reuters that he had resigned after only a few weeks.

Reuters said “a person familiar with the situation” had confirmed Dymond’s leaving.

He began working for northern England-based Morrisons in early January, joining from Australian retailer Coles, and taking responsibility for the company’s new online business.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “George is still a colleague, he is still employed by the company, and that is all we can say about the subject.”

Morrisons launched its online food service on 10 January, making hundreds of deliveries across the Midlands.It expects the new dot-com delivery offering to cover 50 per cent of the UK by 2015.

The importance to the retailer of getting its online service up and running was highlighted in a recent trading update, which showed a 5.6 per cent fall in like for like sales over the Christmas period, with total sales down 1.9 per cent.

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