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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Myanmar's military government says it is extending a state of emergency it imposed when it seized power two years ago, a move that appears to set back its plans for an election that had been expected in August.The announcement on state-run MRTV television said the National Defence and Security Council, which met on Tuesday, extended the state of emergency for another six months because the country remains in an abnormal situation and time is needed to prepare for a peaceful and stable election.
Drugs designed to treat depression are increasingly being used to alleviate chronic pain conditions from headaches and back pain to irritable bowel syndrome.But Australian research has revealed the most commonly prescribed antidepressant offers little or no pain relief, with the study authors urging prescribers to be more aware of the differences in the products.
One-in-two Australians suffering from chronic pain take prescription opioids despite their dangerously addictive nature.A University of Sydney study examining 26 reviews involving more than 25,000 participants found some antidepressants can offer a safer and more effective alternative.
The opportunity that Harry Souttar "couldn't turn down" looks even brighter for the big Socceroo after his new club Leicester revealed an important show of faith from their Thai owners.Souttar's $26m deadline-day signing by the 2016 Premier League champions, has made the defender Australia's most expensive soccer player of all-time, and prompted enthusiasm among Foxes' fans hopeful he can become a key figure in leading them out of the top-flight relegation mire.
The US Justice Department is searching President Joe Biden's second home, a beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware, as part of its investigation into improper storage of classified materials from his time as vice president.Biden's personal lawyer Bob Bauer said in a statement that the search was planned and conducted with the president's "full support and co-operation".
Sirens have sounded in southern Israel and a rocket has been intercepted from Gaza, the Israeli army says, as tensions soared between Palestinians and the country's new ultranationalist government.The army said in a statement that sirens sounded in the city of Sderot and in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday afternoon.
Shubman Gill has raced to the highest score by an Indian in a T20 international as the hosts thrashed New Zealand by 168 runs to secure a 2-1 series victory.The elegant right-hander's masterclass on Wednesday also maintained India's unbeaten series record at home in any format since March 2019.
A Romanian court has upheld a second 30-day arrest of the divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate, who is detained on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking, an official says.Tate lost his appeal against a judge's January 20 decision to extend his arrest a second time for 30 days, Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for Romania's anti-organised crime agency DIICOT, said.
Whether he's playing for rankings points or not, Australian golf ace Cameron Smith is intent on taking his game to new levels in 2023.That's both a frightening prospect for his rivals and refreshing news for fans.
A country footy club that has produced a long line of AFL greats faces an uncertain future due to player shortages and flood-damaged clubrooms.With a catchment on either side of the Victorian-NSW border, the Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club's home ground and facilities were completely inundated when floodwaters breached the Murray River's banks in November.
Electric vehicle owners will be able to top up their rides for free in more locations after one of the country's biggest charging firms revealed plans to expand into Victoria.Jolt Charge, which operates the largest fast-charging networks in Adelaide and Sydney, will install public fast-chargers in Melbourne's eastern suburbs over the next three months in a deal with Knox Council.
Designers of the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum hope a meeting with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton will help them clinch the support of the Liberal Party.Mr Dutton will discuss the proposal of constitutional recognition with the government's referendum working group on Thursday.
New captain Darcy Moore is already daring to dream of steering Collingwood to their next AFL premiership.Buoyed by the Magpies' stunning rise in Craig McRae's first year at the helm, Moore has high hopes for 2023 as he takes the reins from former skipper Scott Pendlebury.
Police will maintain a "buffer zone" between protesters and mourners outside a funeral service for the late Cardinal George Pell at St Mary's Cathedral on Thursday.The former Catholic archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney will be laid to rest at a mass at 11am following his death in Rome earlier this month at age 81.
Former Liberal minister Christian Porter will be grilled over what he knew about the implementation of the unlawful robodebt scheme when the royal commission into the program resumes.Mr Porter, who held the social services portfolio between 2015 and 2017, will be the fourth coalition minister to appear before the robodebt royal commission.
A scheme to expand the number of Pacific Islanders working in Australian industries such as agriculture and aged care has reached its target six months early.The October budget set out a plan for the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme to reach 35,000 workers by June 2023.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet state and territory leaders to discuss a plan to overhaul Australia's health care system as costs for governments continue to rise.Mr Albanese is expected to face calls from premiers and chief ministers for the federal government to increase its financial contribution to health services when he informally meets them on Thursday night and national cabinet convenes in Canberra on Friday.
IKEA's largest retailer has made its first renewable energy investment in Australia, putting its funds towards the country's largest permanent wind farm.Construction has already started on TAGEnergy's Golden Plains Wind Farm near Geelong in Melbourne's southwest, with the site due to be fully operational in late-2025.
US stock indexes have fallen ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the day while an upbeat outlook from Advanced Micro Devices has lifted chipmakers.The Fed is widely seen as raising its target interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point in its first policy meeting of the year, after the rapid increases in 2022 to tame decades-high inflation.
Bryson DeChambeau has revealed that he underwent surgery in December to alleviate an issue that caused his vertigo.In an interview with the LIV Golf website posted on Wednesday, the 2020 US Open winner explained how he had an operation on December 15 to remove a retention cyst in his left maxillary sinus in a bid to stop the dizzy spells and bouts of vertigo that have plagued him since the 2020 Masters.