By  on January 20, 2010

LONDON — Alliance Boots’ health-and-beauty division, which includes the Boots chain, registered a 6.1 percent third-quarter sales uptick.

Without breaking out figures, Andy Hornby, group chief executive officer of the privately owned company, said in a letter to employees Friday that overall the group “performed strongly.” In the three-month period ended Dec. 31, Boots U.K. retail revenues spiked by 5.1 percent, or 4.6 percent on a like-for-like basis. The company highlighted strong sales of its private-label No7 brand, as well as fragrances, electrical beauty aids and bath products. The Boots chain’s holiday offer, including No7 Protect & Perfect and Soap & Glory gift sets, were also a hit with customers, he stated.

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