By Marcus Leach

Ocado, the online grocery delivery company, is to start selling products from French supermarket giants Carrefour.

This news comes on the back of Ocado announcing a pre-tax profit of £200,000 for the opening six months of 2011, which is a welcome surprise after last year's £6.7 million loss.

With a limited operating capacity Ocado were not expecting huge profits, although they are now in a position to continue increasing the size of the company.

Elsewhere, its revenues were up 20% to £277m, from £230m for the same period last year.

"We are delighted to announce our new supply partnership with Carrefour, an important development in our strategy to offer the broadest and most diverse grocery range to all our customers in the UK," Chief executive Tim Steiner said.

Products supplied by Carrefour will be sold alongside those already sourced from Waitrose.

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