|Bid||207.60 x 0|
|Ask||207.70 x 0|
|Day's Range||206.00 - 210.20|
|52 Week Range||192.15 - 270.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.07|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||20.50|
|Earnings Date||Sep 12, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.07 (3.17%)|
|1y Target Est||251.79|
(Bloomberg) -- Ocado Group Plc shares surged after the U.K. online grocer reassured investors that its strategy is on track despite a fire that leveled one of its warehouses earlier this year.The company maintained its full-year sales guidance even as it estimates the blaze in February will cut earnings by 15 million pounds ($18.8 million). The shares gained as much as 7.7% in London, the most in more than four months.Though the incident at the automated facility in Andover, England, trimmed retail sales in the first half, the company still expects full-year growth of as much as 15%. Ocado has removed some decorative parts from robots after saying an electrical fault that ignited a plastic lid on one of the machines caused the fire.“We’ve taken some steps to dramatically reduce the effects of it happening again,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Steiner said by phone.The company said it made further progress in its shift from e-commerce sales to becoming more of a software and robotics platform. Revenue from grocery partners that have licensed its technology rose by more than one-third from a year earlier. Ocado has struck technology deals with the likes of Kroger Co. in the U.S., and Steiner said the company is eyeing additional agreements in other countries.‘Encouraging Execution’“Qualitative updates are encouraging,” Numis analysts wrote in a note, pointing to “encouraging execution on current solutions deals.”Ocado formed a joint venture with Marks & Spencer Group Plc in February to operate food deliveries in the U.K. and recently invested in non-grocery ventures including automated meal preparation and vertical farming.Another U.K. partner, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc, agreed to free some of its warehouse capacity to help Ocado after the Andover fire. This will slow revenue growth in its solutions business, given the loss of fees and higher fixed costs, Ocado said. Morrison also loosened its pact with the online grocer in May to strengthen its partnership with rival Amazon.com Inc.To contact the reporter on this story: Ellen Milligan in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Thomas MulierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Tesco Plc has turned to an Israeli startup for help as it looks to become the next major food retailer to remove cashiers from some of its stores.The U.K.’s largest grocery chain is working with Trigo Vision Ltd., which has developed a system of cameras and software that allows retailers to automatically charge customers, according to three people familiar with the matter.Tesco and other grocers are racing Amazon.com Inc., which could open as many as 3,000 checkout-free Amazon Go stores in the U.S. and is expanding its partnership with the U.K.’s Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc. Scrapping cashiers could also help Tesco slim down its workforce over time and improve profit margins as it battles German discount chains Aldi and Lidl.At a capital markets day earlier this month, Tesco said it’s looking at a range of new technologies, also including robot delivery vehicles. Checkout-free stores are “one thing we’re testing, but it’s not something we’re ready to roll out yet,” a spokeswoman said, declining to comment on any business partners for the technology.Trigo, which has raised $7 million from Vertex Ventures and Hetz Ventures, has also partnered with Israel’s largest supermarket chain, Shufersal Ltd. The companies are working on the pilot branch in Tel Aviv, with the goal of rolling out the product in about a year.Other startups, including Portugal’s Sensei, are competing with Trigo to provide grocers with checkout-free technology. Tesco has previously trialed an app that allowed customers to scan and pay for groceries using their smartphone. The Scan Pay Go app was limited to staff at Tesco’s headquarters last year.To contact the reporter on this story: Yaacov Benmeleh in Tel Aviv at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Giles TurnerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Boris Johnson, the front-runner in the race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, is under intense pressure to debate with his rivals for the Tory leadership on television after all the other candidates agreed to take part. Andrea Leadsom, who was defeated in the first round of a leadership contest, is considering throwing her support behind interior minister Sajid Javid as the horsetrading to win the votes that went to the defeated candidates begins.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The changing nature of food retailing was laid bare on Thursday with lower-than-expected U.K. sales growth at Tesco Plc and Amazon.com Inc. expanding its partnership with the smaller British chain Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.Amazon’s agreement with Morrisons, while still fairly small right now, shows the ambitions of the online giant toward the U.K., already one of the world’s most competitive retail sectors. That will strike fear into the hearts of supermarket behemoths such as Tesco, Britain’s grocery leader. Tesco has been trying to bolster its defenses, and a slowdown in growth in the three months to May 25 shouldn’t be too surprising. All retailers face extremely difficult comparisons with the same period last year, when Britain was basking in sunny weather and enjoying a royal wedding. The company’s CEO, Dave Lewis, remains on course to hit his target for an operating margin of 3.5% to 4% by February next year.Still, the first-quarter slowdown doesn’t exactly inspire confidence about what happens once that margin target is reached. The company updates the City next week on how it can find ways to bolster sales and profit. It’s staying tight-lipped for now, but making more of its use of customer data — including through its Clubcard loyalty scheme — might be on the agenda. Lewis has talked before about developing the property around its stores. That could become a bigger part of cash flow, too.Tesco could also work more closely with Booker Group Ltd., a recently acquired food wholesaler. It’s experimenting already with putting cash-and-carry outlets in Tesco stores and introducing dedicated bulk-buy areas, with one eye on becoming Britain’s answer to America’s Costco Wholesale Corp. Wisely, it has also set up a purchasing alliance with Carrefour SA, the French supermarket chain.But as the quarter showed, life isn’t getting any easier for Tesco. Aldi and Lidl, the cutthroat German discount grocers, are still powering ahead in Britain, putting enormous pressure on the traditional giants.That makes Amazon’s advances all the more fraught. Morrisons, the U.K.’s fourth-biggest supermarket group, said on Thursday that it was expanding its super-fast grocery delivery service for Amazon customers. Nine regions in England and Scotland will now offer this, up from four. The aim is for nationwide coverage.The rapid roll-out of the Amazon partnership has been facilitated by another smart move by Morrisons chief executive David Potts, who started his supermarket career on the shop floor. He has negotiated an end to his company’s exclusive relationship with Ocado Group Plc, the specialist online grocer. That has opened the door to closer ties with Amazon.Beset by price-slashing German rivals on one side and savvy online operators on the other, Tesco and its ilk are going to have to work hard to keep food in their investors’ mouths.To contact the author of this story: Andrea Felsted at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andrea Felsted is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She previously worked at the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc. is expanding its alliance with U.K. retailer Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc to offer groceries in more cities across the country, putting more pressure on supermarkets to expand online.The companies plan to introduce Prime Now same-day delivery service to cities including Glasgow, Scotland, and Liverpool, England, this year, Morrison said Thursday. Morrison shares rose as much as 2.9% in London, the most since January.Grocers have been competing for an edge in the U.K. e-commerce market since Amazon first formed its alliance with Morrison, the smallest of the U.K.’s main grocery chains, three years ago. In February, Marks & Spencer Group Plc agreed to buy half of online grocer Ocado Group Plc’s U.K. business for 750 million pounds ($951 million). Amazon also led a $575 million funding round at London-based food delivery service Deliveroo, which is preparing to spread across the U.K.“Morrisons at Amazon” is currently available in four cities, where many customers can receive groceries within one hour of ordering. The service will also enter the English cities of Newcastle, Sheffield and Portsmouth this year, and further locations in coming years.Morrison loosened a six-year-old pact with Ocado last month so that it could expand more with other partners.(Updates with shares in second paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Mulier in Geneva at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at firstname.lastname@example.org, John J. Edwards III, Marthe FourcadeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
British supermarket Morrisons and Amazon said on Thursday they will extend their "Morrisons at Amazon" same-day online grocery delivery service to more cities across Britain. The service, currently available to Amazon's Prime Now customers in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and parts of London, will be rolled out to Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Portsmouth this year, the companies said. In future years, Morrisons at Amazon will be expanded to more British cities, they said.
Britain's "Big Four" supermarkets all lost market share in the 12 weeks to May 19, market research company Kantar said, as like-for-like sales flatlined at leader Tesco and fell at Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons. Tesco's share fell to 27.3% from 27.7% a year ago, while Sainsbury's and Asda had equal shares of 15.2%, after sales fell by 1.7% and 0.2% respectively, Kantar said.
As the pound fell, the FTSE 250 lost 1.4% to hit its lowest point since March 29, when Britain was originally scheduled to exit the European Union. Dublin's main index, often regarded as a barometer of Brexit jitters, was also down nearly 1.4%. The turmoil was compounded when prominent Brexit supporter and Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, resigned from the government.
Amazon has taken a stake in British online food delivery company Deliveroo, leading a $575 million fundraising to pit itself against Uber Eats in the global race to dominate the market for takeaway meals. The news the world's biggest online retailer had bought into one of Europe's fastest growing tech companies sent shockwaves through the sector, hitting shares in European rivals Just Eat, Takeaway.com and Delivery Hero. Deliveroo founder and CEO Will Shu said the fundraising would enable the loss-making group to increase its reach, develop technology and pursue innovations such as expanding its own kitchens that can be rented to restaurants to meet demand.
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. John Lewis has axed the last remnants of its gold-plated pension plan in an attempt to fill a hole of nearly £200 million ($256.92 million) in the scheme. More than 40 per cent of voting investors at yesterday's annual shareholder meeting voted against the software firm's remuneration policy, which set pay for future years, and its remuneration report, which detailed boardroom pay for the last financial year.
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Amazon has teamed-up with British clothing chain Next to offer a network of stores where the U.S. online retail giant's UK customers can collect their parcels. Seeking to capitalise on the growing popularity of click & collect services, Amazon is offering delivery to hundreds of Next stores as an option on the tens of millions of items it sells online. In the UK Amazon has over 2,500 automated lockers with partners including supermarket groups Morrisons and the Co-operative as well as Shell petrol stations.
British supermarket chain Morrisons missed quarterly growth forecasts, blaming political and economic uncertainty, and warned that the next three months face comparison with last year's strong summer. Morrisons has also agreed to a temporary reduction in automation distribution capacity with online partner Ocado after a fire destroyed one of its Customer Fulfilment Centres in February. Shares in Morrisons, which trails market leader Tesco, Sainsbury's and Walmart's Asda in annual sales, were down 0.5 percent at 1046 GMT on Thursday, extending losses for the past year to 12 percent.
British online supermarket pioneer Ocado has secured more operational capacity following a fire at one of its centres, after it agreed with partner Morrisons to take back sole use of one of its sites in London. The two companies said on Thursday that Ocado would have sole use of its newest customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in Erith, south east London, until January 2021. Ocado, which has championed online delivery since it was founded by three Goldman Sachs bankers in 2000, suffered a major fire earlier this year at its flagship robotic site in Andover.
Britain’s second-biggest supermarket chain plans to compete head-on with Amazon (AMZN) by selling third-party products and services. Sainsbury’s (UK:SBRY) shrugged off failed plans to merge with Walmart-owned ASDA (WMT) by announcing the new strategy at its full-year results on Wednesday. Chief executive Mike Coupe said the business would look for growth by expanding into wholesale, and using Sainsbury’s online platforms to host products, it doesn’t sell, for third-party partners.
The FTSE 100 ended 0.4 percent lower and the more domestically-focused FTSE 250 inched down 0.1 percent. Shell shed 1.4 percent to a month low and BP gave up 2.1 percent, as crude prices weakened after U.S. oil inventories rose more-than-expected with output reaching a new record of 12.3 million barrels per day. As sterling rose to multi-week highs with lingering hopes of progress in cross-party Brexit talks and ahead of Bank of England interest rate meeting on Thursday, exporter companies bore the brunt as much of their revenue is earned in dollars.
Sainsbury's, reeling from last week's decision by the regulator to block its takeover of rival Asda, was alone among Britain's big four supermarket groups in seeing sales fall in the latest 12-week period, industry data showed on Tuesday. Sainsbury's wanted to buy Walmart owned Asda to boost its scale and buying power, as well as to compete better with market leader Tesco and fast growing German-owned discounters Aldi and Lidl. Sainsbury's is due to publish full year results on Wednesday with Chief Executive Mike Coupe under pressure to reassure investors he has the plan to arrest the sales decline.