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First quarter numbers from Ocado (OCDO) have revealed the impact of the group’s recent warehouse fire in Andover, which it said pulled 1.2 per cent off overall retail sales growth of 11.2 per cent during the period. Contingency plans include setting up a temporary site and and growing its capacity at Erith faster than expected. Nevertheless, the group says it saw strong underlying growth in the number of orders per week, albeit the average order size was slightly lower. As for the recent partnership with M&S (MKS), bosses said only that they were looking forward to the future “with excitement and determination”.
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