The online supermarket said sales were up by 15% over the five days before Christmas. However, Ocado said that the average value of people's orders over the last three months of last year was £117 ($142.95), a drop of 1.3% compared to the same period last year.
The Dow Jones (^DJI) lost 1.13% to 33,916 points. The S&P 500 (^GSPC) retreated 0.29% to 3,987 points and the tech-heavy NASDAQ (^IXIC) lost 0.28% to 11,048.
Meanwhile, Brent crude (BZ=F) edged higher and was trading at around $85 per barrel.
In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 (^N225) closed higher, gaining 1.23% to 26,138 points, while the Hang Seng (^HSI) in Hong Kong slipped 0.93% to 21,543. The Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) lost 0.10% to 3,224 points.
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As NSW schools grapple with a chronic teacher shortage, resignations are for the first time outstripping retirements and principals are clocking up to 70 hours work a week, MPs have been told.Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos on Wednesday told a parliamentary inquiry the shortage was worsening, with vacancy lists growing more than three fold in the past two years despite the government launching a $125 million recruitment drive.
A Queensland man accused of abducting his mother last week has been charged with murdering the woman described by family as gentle, funny, caring and clever.Slade Murdok, 30, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with the murder of his 61-year-old mother Wendy Sleeman.
A second nationwide strike has disrupted French electricity production, public transport and schools in a backlash against the government's plans to make people work longer before retirement.Unions, which have scheduled protest rallies across France throughout the day, want to keep the pressure on the government and hope to repeat the large turnout for the first national day of protest on January 19.
NSW Labor says there's a crisis in community sport and is promising to increase funding for the sector if it wins next month's election.Labor is promising to increase Organisation Support Program funding to $5 million in 2023-24 and $10 million per year in the years after.
The police union is calling for an independent inquiry into how ex-Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins' rape allegations were handled to be expanded to include the actions of the ACT attorney-general.Former Queensland solicitor-general and court of appeal boss Walter Sofrnoff will head the inquiry into whether police, the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Victims of Crime Commissioner breached their duties during the investigation.
Italian embassies all over the world are at risk of anarchist attacks linked to the case of the hunger-striking Alfredo Cospito, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani says.Cospito, 55, is an Italian anarchist who has been on a hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest against being jailed under the strict "41 bis" isolation regime.
Australia's largest exotic mushroom farm and processing facility is being established on the former Holden car manufacturing site in Adelaide, creating up to 350 jobs.The $110 million facility will produce more than 20,000 tonnes of exotic mushrooms and associated products each year.
Former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill shed tears of joy before drinking six or seven bourbon and cokes in an hour-and-a-half and allegedly intimidating one of his best friend's former partners.MacGill, 51, is accused of stalking and verbally intimidating his friend's former fiance Samantha Ford while walking down a Sydney CBD street, and then at a nearby pub on February 1, 2022.
New urgent care clinics won't compete with existing practices, the health minister insists as staff shortages continue to plague Australia's medical sector.Expressions of interests are being sought for the operation of seven centres in Western Australia designed to take pressure off emergency departments.
Dominic Perrottet says he never experienced a lesson involving an Opus Dei whip and was "blessed with a great education" at a high school run by the conservative Catholic group.The NSW premier is a former school captain of all-boys Redfield College, which along with sister school Tangara School for Girls, featured in a Four Corners program this week.
The father of NRL star David Fifita has been refused bail after a string of alleged offences, including entering an elderly man's home while he slept.In another alleged incident, Siaosi Teisina Fifita, 44, was found hiding from police behind a garbage bin in a stranger's garden.
Australia could launch their Women's World Cup campaign in front of more than 80,000 fans after FIFA responded to the huge demand to see Sam Kerr's Matildas by moving their opening fixture against Republic of Ireland to Sydney's Accor Stadium.Alongside New Zealand kicking off the Trans-Tasman tournament at Auckland's Eden Park, more than 100,000 people will attend the World Cup's opening day.