Ocado notches up 17% growth in weekly order numbers

Ocado, the online supermarket, has reported year-on-year growth of 16.9% in the average number of orders placed with it per week, to 214,000 for the 12 weeks to 21 February.

However, the retailer also disclosed in its trading statement today that its average order size had fallen over the same period by 2.9% to £111.41.

Ocado's overall sales, including revenue from its distribution deal with Morrisons, grew 15.3% to £312.4m.

Ocado and Morrisons agreed a 25-year deal in 2013 for Ocado to deliver the latter's groceries in Morrisons-branded vehicles, although Morrisons' recent deal with Amazon has led some to question the durability of the tie-up.

Excluding the Morrisons revenue, Ocado sales grew 13.8% to £286.7m.

Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado, said: "We are pleased with the steady progress in our business, maintaining double-digit sales growth in a retail environment that remains challenging, and post period-end we shipped over 250,000 orders in a single week for the first time."

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