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Ocado pleases with AGM statement

Online supermarket Ocado is set to tell investors at Friday's annual general meeting (AGM) that it has made 'significant progress' and is 'well placed' to exploit growth in the online grocery retail industry.

Online supermarket Ocado is set to tell investors at Friday's annual general meeting (AGM) that it has made 'significant progress' and is 'well placed' to exploit growth in the online grocery retail industry.

The meeting will also see the chairmanship passed from Lord Grade to Sir Stuart Rose.

In a statement made at the AGM, the company will say: "The company has continued to grow sales as it benefits from increasing loyalty and spend from existing customers and attracts new shoppers, supported by further expansion in customer demand for online grocery shopping.

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"In February 2013 operations commenced at Ocado's second Customer Fulfilment Centre at Dordon, Warwickshire, which opened on time and on budget, and provides the operational platform for significant future growth.

"Ocado is in discussions with Morrison Supermarkets, which may lead to an agreement to facilitate Morrison commencing an online business in the UK. Any such agreement would be complementary to Ocado's existing partnership with Waitrose, which would be unaffected by any potential agreement with Morrison - product would continue to be sourced with Waitrose, and Ocado customers would continue to buy exclusively from the existing Ocado, Waitrose and branded ranges.

"Ocado reconfirms that the arrangements under discussion do not involve Morrison acquiring either the whole of, or an equity stake in, Ocado. Discussions are ongoing, and there can be no certainty that an agreement will be reached. A further announcement on this topic will be made in due course."

Ocado's share price leapt 13.37% to 236.50p by 09:15 Friday.

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