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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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CommentWire

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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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
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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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CommentWire

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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CommentWire

Allied Carpets: allied to new owner

Allied Carpets has finally been sold, having been put up for sale prior to Christmas 2008. The new owners were no doubt attracted to the retailer by its lack of debt and potential as the second biggest player in the floorcoverings market. However, with a terrible trading record over the last decade and dire conditions in the floorcoverings market, turning the business around will be no small task.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2009
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Alpha Airports: takeover heralds further consolidation

Alpha Airports has approved a GBP193.6 million takeover by Italy's Autogrill. Autogrill's proposed purchase of Alpha Airports follows a week of activity, which has seen fast-food operator Autogrill building up its stake in the UK-based airline services firm. The move will provide Alpha with necessary scale on a global level to compete in the fast-growing and consolidating airport services market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2007

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