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Electricals retailer AO World is reviewing its operations in Germany, as rising costs and the relaxation of lockdown rules hit sales. AO’s revenues in Germany fell by 24% year-on-year in the last quarter, twice as fast as in the UK. It has now launched a strategic review of the German business, which it says is facing several challenges, including rising competition and supply chain problems: Our German business is being significantly impacted by a number of recent material changes to the local trading environment: competition in the online market has intensified whilst online penetration has returned to pre-pandemic levels; digital marketing costs have substantially increased against pre-pandemic levels; and supply remains constrained. We expect these trends will continue for the foreseeable future in the German market. Shares in AO have dropped 2.7% to 103p. Back at the start of 2021 they were worth over £4, after a surge in demand from locked-down customers.