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Ocado sales surge amid shift to online shopping

Online grocer Ocado saw its sales rocket more than 50% in the third quarter of the year as more customers used it in lockdown.

Sales at Ocado Retail, its joint venture with Marks & Spencer, and previously Waitrose, were £587.3m in the 13 weeks to 30 August.

The firm said growth was stronger than in the second quarter, while weekly orders stood at 345,000, up almost 10%.

It comes as more people shop online because of the pandemic.

The firm’s switch to delivering M&S products on 1 September got off to a rocky start, with the retailer having to cancel

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Hermes to hire 10,500 people amid UK online shopping surge

A Hermes delivery courier carries boxes as he makes a delivery to Downing Street: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images
A Hermes delivery courier carries boxes as he makes a delivery to Downing Street: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Parcel delivery firm Hermes has said it will create more than 10,000 jobs in the UK in response to the surge in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company is set to invest £100m in order to meet the increase in demand and will hire around 1,500 full-time staff.

These will include new roles at its Yorkshire head office, and positions as warehouse staff and drivers.

Hermes is also looking to hire an additional 9,000 people for self-employed courier roles

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Surge in Ocado sales pushes online juggernaut’s market share to new high

Ocado has benefitted from a shift towards online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. (Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ocado has benefitted from a shift towards online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. (Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

A 42% surge in sales at Ocado (OCDO.L) pushed the online supermarket’s market share to its highest-ever level over the past 12 weeks, according to new figures from research firm Kantar.

The delivery juggernaut, which has benefitted from a shift towards online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, now has a 1.7% share of the UK market.

Online shopping sales have increased by 91% over the past month, Kantar said. Traditional take-home grocery sales, meanwhile, climbed by 12.7% in the 12 weeks

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