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Alliance Boots: benefits for all

As Alliance Boots begins its new life as the world's third-largest pharmacy and wholesale business, it appears that both parties will benefit from this merger. But despite its 22.5% share of the UK retail pharmacy market and over 2,000 pharmacies, it does not insulate it completely from the threat supermarkets pose.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2006
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Expert View

Alliance Boots: community pharmacy upgrade

During its pre-close trading update, Alliance Boots announced its plans for the refurbishment of the Alliance community pharmacy chain as "your local Boots pharmacy" following trials. These stores will have to show significant uplifts to prove the benefit of the merger to the City.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance Boots: focusing on own-label brands to boot out competition

Alliance Boots delivered a strong set of results considering the challenging economic climate: revenue at its UK health and beauty division grew by 3.1% to GBP6,343 million and like-for-like sales increased by 1.3%. Alliance Boots has strong own-label brands and will need to ensure it focuses on maintaining and developing these in order to differentiate itself from the competition.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance Boots: good year for combined group

Alliance Boots' strong financial results in its first full financial year as a combined group highlight the wisdom of the merger. Group revenue was up 4.8% to GBP15.3 billion, while trading profit for the 12 months to March 2008 was up 20.3% to GBP771 million. Furthermore, the company is making good gains under difficult conditions and there should be more benefits to come.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance Boots: hit and miss

The UK's leading health & beauty retailer, Alliance Boots, has reported UK retail growth of 2.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2006. Underlying growth looks set to remain low over the medium-term, but the company should be able to maintain margin improvements into the new year.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2007
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Alliance Boots: private ownership on the cards

Just seven months after the two businesses merged, Alliance Boots looks set for a buyout after private equity group KKR and deputy executive chairman Stefano Pessina declared an interest in buying the company. If it goes ahead, this should produce much faster growth.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Allied Bakeries: slice of life

Allied Bakeries' new cholesterol lowering bread stands to benefit from increased consumer interest in functional foods. Consumers are becoming more interested in a healthy lifestyle as a result of education and awareness programs. Bread with health benefits is both convenient and actively healthy.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Allied Domecq/Unilever: pension problems cloud the issues

A tense annual meeting earlier this month saw Allied Domecq chairman Gerry Robinson heckled and the company criticized on a range of issues. Unilever too has faced criticism - for taking 'holidays' from contributing to its pension fund. As Mr Robinson pointed out to his shareholders however, the picture for both companies is brighter than it appears.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Allied Domecq: all things in moderation

Allied Domecq is displaying labels on its products that advise consumers to drink in moderation. This step comes in the face of a growing movement to require alcoholic products to be labeled in the same manner as cigarettes. Allied hopes that if the drinks industry takes a responsible position, alcohol health warnings will not become mandatory.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Allied Domecq: booze and text

Allied Domecq is turning more and more to SMS marketing to reach consumers, particularly when trying to raise brand awareness. SMS marketing has several key benefits, such as low cost and wide reach, but the real advantage is that each campaign can be tailored to serve the needs of the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2002

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