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Shares in Ocado jumped by greater than 20% after the net grocer introduced a long-awaited worldwide partnership.

The corporate has signed a take care of Groupe On line casino that can see the French grocery store big use Ocado’s e-commerce expertise in its personal on-line enterprise.

Ocado can even construct a warehouse to serve the Better Paris space, and the Normandie and Hauts de France areas.

Ocado mentioned it anticipated the deal “to be one in every of many” international collaborations.

Shares in Ocado – a member of the FTSE 250 share index – had been up 22% in early morning commerce at 313.2p.

The FTSE 250 index was up 38.92 factors at 19,920.18, whereas the benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 27.53 factors to 7,411.43.

Royal Dutch Shell was the largest riser on the FTSE 100, up 2.5%, after it mentioned it will return to paying dividends solely in money, which is being seen as an indication of a monetary energy.

The oil big mentioned it was ending its scrip dividend programme, beneath which payouts may be made in shares as an alternative of money.

EasyJet was boosted by a few dealer upgrades. Shares within the airline rose 2.1% after it was upgraded to “maintain” by Societe Generale, whereas Kepler Cheuvreux lifted its score on the agency to “purchase”.

On the foreign money markets, the pound fell zero.1% towards the greenback to $1.3310 and dropped zero.2% towards the euro to €1.1174.