UK's Biggest Supermarkets Buoyed by Sales Growth

The UK’s biggest grocers are enjoying a period of sustained growth, according to industry data from Kantar, but Ocado's results were less well received by investors

James Gard 19 September, 2017 | 1:48PM
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Ocado’s trading statement to the market, combined with Kantar Worldpanel figures on the supermarket sector, brought the UK’s listed grocers into focus on Tuesday.

The market reacted to Ocado’s (OCDO) third-quarter sales figures by pushing the share price down over 5%, making the company the biggest faller on the FTSE 250. Revenue rose to £344.5 million in the third quarter of this year, from £301.4 million the year before. While average orders surged from 219,000 a week to 254,000, investors focused on the drop in the order value from £107 to £106.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets PLC285.30 GBX-0.04Rating
Ocado Group PLC1,796.00 GBX-0.08Rating
Sainsbury (J) PLC294.70 GBX-0.64Rating
Tesco PLC269.50 GBX0.60Rating
Walmart Inc141.68 USD0.80Rating

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