LONDON (Reuters) – British online grocer Ocado posted a 28.7 percent rise in underlying first half earnings as it won new customers and increased their average spend, though it still made a loss at the pretax level. Shares in Ocado have risen nearly five-fold since November and hit a record high last month in the wake of an over 200 million pounds 25-year joint venture deal with Britain's fourth largest grocer, Wm Morrison , to provide its online grocery operation by January 2014. …
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