Ocado retail sales up 11.4% in first quarter

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Online grocery retailer Ocado said it grew sales in its retail division by 11.4% in the third quarter, putting it on track to meet its full-year guidance.

The company said retail revenue in the 13 weeks to 1 September rose to £386.3m, up from £346.9m on-year.

Average orders per week rose 12.1%, while the average order size fell 0.8% to £105.42.

Ocado recently sold 50% of its retail until to Marks & Spencer, with the deal going live from 5 August, in order to focus more on its logistics technology business.

The company had guided for retail sales growth for the full year of 10-15%, despite fires recently damaging two of its UK warehouses.

'These first set of results from the joint venture between Ocado and M&S show the resilience of Ocado following the Andover fire and the momentum the business now has,' retail head Melanie Smith said.

'As we continue to enhance our offering and add more capacity in the UK, our leading partnership will deliver the very best experience to an evergrowing number of customers.'

'Bringing Ocado and M&S together on-line will give UK consumers even greater choice, value and service and will create important new opportunities for our colleagues, suppliers, and other stakeholders.'


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