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.
Alliance Boots’ pharmaceutical wholesale division registered a 12.7 percent increase in the quarter, while the group as a whole grew its revenues by 10.2 percent.
“The group’s financial position remains strong, reflecting a continuing focus on profit generation and working capital management and the benefits of low interest rates,” stated Hornby in the letter. “It is likely that the economic and financial climate will make 2010 another tough year. This means that we will have to continue to work hard to meet our targets for the final quarter of our financial year ending [March 31], 2010. I am confident that we will achieve these and report another year of strong profit growth in May.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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