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Alexon: still looking for direction

Alexon, the retail group that owns Bay Trading and Dolcis shoe shops, has seen its full-year profits dented following the demise of Allders which will cost the company GBP3 million a year in earnings. However, Alexon is a realistic retailer not afraid to alter its strategy to fit the current trading environment.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2006
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Alexon: stripping off its under-performing units

Retail group Alexon is aiming to strengthen its focus on its core womenswear business; after selling off the Dolcis chain, and closing its mid-market venture Mandolin, it is now considering the future of its menswear unit. Although the timing of a potential sale is not ideal, Alexon has struggled to achieve strong sales growth in its most promising brands and may benefit from fewer distractions.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2007
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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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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
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Alliance Boots: first steps into China

With strong economic growth, changing demographic patterns, and the reform and expansion of health care systems, China is an attractive market for Alliance Boots. The investment vehicle formed to acquire the 50% share in Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, one of China's leading wholesalers, will provide a platform for further expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2007
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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
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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
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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: Irish expansion is now or never

Boots' latest growth plans will give it more than 70 stores in Eire, potentially overtaking Ireland's largest pharmacy group Unicarepharmacy, with 59 outlets - although it is looking to expand. While the timing is not ideal, Alliance Boots needs to move now to maintain its position in the Irish market.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2006
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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

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