Walgreens Boots Alliance welcomes Sebastian James as SVP and President and Managing Director of Boots

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced the appointment of Sebastian James as Senior Vice President and President and Managing Director of Boots. He also will be contributing to the Group with involvement in a number of key areas, joining the company in the summer of 2018 and taking up his new role at the beginning of the new fiscal year on 1 September. He will report to Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

James joins from Dixons Carphone plc (LSE: DC), Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries, where he is currently Group Chief Executive since 2014, having been Chief Executive of Dixon Retail since 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Insurance Services and Silverscreen Holdings, having started his career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company.

Elizabeth Fagan, who has led Boots since June 2016, will continue working with the Company and will take on the newly created role of Non-Executive Chairman of Boots in the new fiscal year.

Gourlay said: “We are delighted that Sebastian will join our Company at an equally exciting and challenging time for the retail environment in the UK and for the future development of Boots, a brand synonymous with pharmacy and care. We are sure his deep retail expertise will drive significant progress and innovation at Boots for the benefit all our stakeholders. I also want to warmly thank Elizabeth who has been leading the business very successfully for the last 18 months or so, and in her over 11 years with the Company has made an invaluable contribution. She will continue to do so in her next role.”

James said: “I am very excited to be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance at this time in its history, and to have been offered the privilege of leading Boots, surely one of the UK’s most iconic, venerable and trusted brands. At a time of unprecedented change in both the retail and healthcare markets, to build on the fantastic work that the team have done over the last few years, and to be a part of the next chapter for this great company is an extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues at both Boots and WBA in the next few months.”

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847 315 2935
or
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

Macy’s Nov and Dec 2015 sales: 80% of our YoY declines in comparable sales can be attributed to shortfalls in cold-weather goods such as coats, sweaters, boots, hats, gloves and scarves

CINCINNATI, 2016-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced that its comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis declined by 4.7 percent in the months of November and December 2015 combined, compared with the same period last year.

On an owned basis, comparable sales declined by 5.2 percent in the combined November/December period.

(Editor’s Note: Macy’s, Inc. this afternoon also issued a separate news release outlining cost efficiencies and listing upcoming store closings.)

“The holiday selling season was challenging, as experienced throughout 2015 by much of the retailing industry. In the November/December period, we were particularly disadvantaged by the historically warm weather in northern climate zones where both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are especially well-represented. About 80 percent of our company’s year-over-year declines in comparable sales can be attributed to shortfalls in cold-weather goods such as coats, sweaters, boots, hats, gloves and scarves. We also continued to feel the impact of lower spending by international tourists as the value of the dollar remained strong,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer.

“That said, we are buoyed by a very strong performance in our digital business, with continued double-digit increases in online sales. In November/December, we filled nearly 17 million online orders at macys.com and bloomingdales.com – a new record for our company and an increase of about 25 percent over last year – based on significant new fulfillment capacity, site functionality and aggressive digital marketing. This validates the strength of our omnichannel strategy and related investments which we made over the past decade and will continue into the future,” Lundgren said.

Please see the last page of this news release for important information regarding the calculation of the company’s comparable sales on an owned basis and comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis.

Guidance

Macy’s, Inc. is not expecting a major change in sales trend in January and expects a comparable sales decline on an owned plus licensed basis in the fourth quarter of 2015 to approximate the 4.7 percent decline in November/December (from previous guidance of down between 2 percent and 3 percent for the fourth quarter). This calculates to guidance for comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis in the full-year 2015 to decline by approximately 2.7 percent (from previous guidance of down 1.8 percent to 2.2 percent).

The decline in fourth quarter comparable sales on an owned basis is expected to be approximately 50 basis points greater than on an owned plus licensed basis.

Earnings per diluted share for the full-year 2015 now are expected in the range of $3.85 to $3.90, excluding expenses related to cost efficiencies announced today and asset impairment charges associated primarily with spring 2016 store closings. This compares with previous guidance in the range of $4.20 to $4.30. Updated annual guidance calculates to guidance for fourth quarter earnings of $2.18 to $2.23 per diluted share, excluding charges associated with cost efficiencies and store closings. This compares with previous guidance for earnings per diluted share of$2.54 to $2.64 in the fourth quarter. Earnings guidance for 2015 includes an expected $250 million gain on the sale of real estate in downtown Brooklyn.

Fourth Quarter Announcement

Macy’s, Inc. is scheduled to report fourth quarter sales and earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Additional detail on financial performance will be provided at that time. The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors at 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 23. Macy’s, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-806-6224, passcode 9176608. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2014 sales of $28.015 billion. The company operates about 900 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(Note: additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

MACY’S, INC.

Important Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(All amounts in millions except percentages)

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of the Company’s financial information with additional useful information in evaluating operating performance. See the table below for supplemental financial data and a corresponding reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. This non-GAAP financial measure should be viewed as supplementing, and not as an alternative or substitute for, the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Certain of the items that may be excluded or included in this non-GAAP financial measure may be significant items that could impact the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows and should therefore be considered in assessing the Company’s actual financial condition and performance. Additionally, the amounts received by the Company on account of sales of departments licensed to third parties are limited to commissions received on such sales. The methods used by the Company to calculate its non-GAAP financial measures may differ significantly from methods used by other companies to compute similar measures. As a result, any non-GAAP financial measures presented herein may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other companies.

Macy’s, Inc. believes that providing changes in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis, which includes the impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties supplementally to its results of operations calculated in accordance with GAAP assists in evaluating the Company’s ability to generate sales growth, whether through owned businesses or departments licensed to third parties, on a comparable basis, and in evaluating the impact of changes in the manner in which certain departments are operated.

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2016
Decrease in comparable sales on an owned basis (Note 1) (5.2)%
Impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties (Note 2) 0.5 %
Decrease in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis (4.7)%

Notes:

Source: Macy’s, Inc.Macy’s, Inc.

Media – Jim Sluzewski, 513-579-7764
Investor – Matt Stautberg, 513-579-7780

(1) Represents the period-to-period change in net sales from stores in operation throughout the year presented and the immediately preceding year and all online sales, excluding commissions from departments licensed to third parties.
(2) Represents the impact of including the sales of departments licensed to third parties occurring in stores in operation throughout the year presented and the immediately preceding year and via the Internet in the calculation of comparable sales. The Company licenses third parties to operate certain departments in its stores and online and receives commissions from these third parties based on a percentage of their net sales. In its financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP, the Company includes these commissions (rather than sales of the departments licensed to third parties) in its net sales. The Company does not, however, include any amounts in respect of licensed department sales (or any commissions earned on such sales) in its comparable sales in accordance with GAAP (i.e. on an owned basis). The Company believes that the amounts of commissions earned on sales of departments licensed to third parties are not material to its results of operations for the periods presented.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Global CFO George Fairweather to participate at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-11-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) Executive Vice President and Global Chief Financial Officer George Fairweather will participate at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference. Fairweather is scheduled to appear at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, 17 November. The conference is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City.

The audio portion of Fairweather’s appearance will be webcast live and can be accessed through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

Current Weather Conditions Spark a Surge in Visitors at Onshoes.com Seeking Warm Footwear

The current Arctic weather conditions in the UK have triggered a surge in visitors at Onshoes.com, looking for warm yet stylish footwear to cope with the cold.

Onshoes.com is a relatively new website catering to fashionable footwear lovers keen to find out the latest news and gossip from the world’s elite fashion designers. The site offers news, reviews and comment on the latest footwear to be spotted at glitzy ceremonies around up and down the country. However it is warm winter boots which are the biggest attraction this month, as the brutal winter weather grips the whole country. Lovers of Jimmy Choo and Christian Audigier are turning to the brands such as Hunter and Emu, drawn by their fashionable styling and highly protective design, with thoughts of strappy stilettos placed to the back of the mind until the weather abates.

“Hunter wellies are always popular when the snow starts to fall” claims Onshoes.com MD Luke Barlow. They have been big sellers over the past couple of weeks, with the design perfect for snowy conditions and even better when it finally turns to slush. Sales have been high at Onshoes.com, along with warm winter boots and heavy duty winter walking footwear which normally seeks sales peak well into January.

The bitterly cold conditions have brought forward many winter purchases, with visitors snapping up boots following the dismal weather prediction for the coming weeks. Anyone stuck with ideas for Christmas presents has been able to turn to warm winter wear, and it’s unlikely that any gift will be better appreciated. on Christmas morning with the snowy and icy conditions looking set to continue well into the festive period. At Onshoes.com, Merrell has been a popular choice, with its rugged trainers and boots being ideal to deal with snow and ice, and the Outbound boot being irresistible according to the sites visitor numbers. For the women, waterproof ankle and calf boots are the most popular choices, with the Merrell Oslo one of the most popular styles. With temperatures dropping to as low as -19ºC in some parts of the UK over the weekend, it is no surprise that PolarTec insulation is taking precedence over Christian Louboutin.

“Footwear trends closely follow the weather, and as soon as the first icy spell arrives, warm winter boots sales go through the roof” says Barlow, although few would have predicted that the sales rush would arrive this side of Christmas. Onshoes.com is certainly looking forward to the weather easing, and the return of the designer strappy high heels to celebrity’s feet once again, although it would seem that few visitors are entertaining the thought of lightweight sexy shoes this week.

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Boots Has Introduced Five New Brands To Its Online Beauty Shop – Boots Beauty Boutique

Boots.com is thrilled to announce the launch of five new brands to its Beauty Boutique, which only opened its ‘virtual doors’ in Autumn 2007, increasing its already attractive offering of niche and coveted brands.

Boots Beauty Boutique is the beautifully ‘boudoiresque’ website for all those ‘beauty addicts’ out there, giving access to an array of the most sought after, exclusive skin, body and hair care brands from all over the world that are not readily available on the high street.

Thousands of customers have already treated themselves to renowned brands such asBliss, This Works, MOP and Dr. Nick Lowe since the launch of the site in September 2007. But if that wasn’t enough, now there is even more to find in the virtual boutique, from all the far-flung corners of the world.

ZPM is to wash bags what Mulberry is to handbags. Named after the founder Zoe Phayre-Mudge, ZPM combines bright colours and fabulous fabrics to create beauty and toiletry bags that are stylish as well as practical, so owners will leave them lying around for all and sundry to see.

Other brands introduced into the range focus on the more natural side of beauty. They include well-established, famous natural brands such as Swiss brand Weleda alongside newer names in the beauty world. One of the relative newcomers in natural beauty is the Greek skin and haircare brand Korres, whose roots are firmly planted in homeopathy. As a naturals brand Korres gleans most of its ingredients from four sources – Greek flora, foodstuffs such as honey, medicinal herbs and efficacious natural ingredients such as Hibiscus and Wild Mango.

Jo Woods is famed for being a model as well as a rock star’s wife. However, a lesser known fact is that Jo has been a committed pioneer to the organic lifestyle for the past eighteen years and has now created Jo Woods Organics. It comprises two ranges of totally organic bath and body products – Jo Woods Organics Everyday Range plus a more decadent gift range.

The fifth new brand is the paraben-free toiletries range Yes to Carrots, a hair, skin and bodycare range that harnesses beta-carotene, well known for its anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties. This is combined with minerals from Dead Sea Mud to cleanse and detoxify skin.

Celeste Sinclair, Beauty Buyer for boots.com said: “Beauty Boutique has been very successful in its first year, with many of our customers discovering smaller niche brands that previously they may not have come across. We know many of our loyal customers want to see and experiment with brands that they might not have had access to before, so we are delighted to be able to introduce these five additional brands, and can’t wait to hear what they think.”

As well as these five exciting new brands, many of the existing brands will be extending their offering on Boots Beauty Boutique, including sets of gorgeous Christmas beauty products. Bliss, Burts Bees, Caudelie, Triology and Balance Me will all be introducing innovative new products for people to check out and enjoy. So overall there will be much more for customers to get their mitts on.

About Boots
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots UK Limited (registered number 928555) a member of Alliance Boots. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots UK Limited.

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Boots Has Introduced A New Range Of Clocks And Lamps To Help Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder As The Clocks Go Back

According to statistics taken from NHS Direct, 1 in 8 people in the UK suffer from a mild form of ‘winter blues’ and 1 in 50 people are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

In recognition of this Boots has introduced a range of clocks and lamps which specifically look to help alleviate the symptoms of SAD, from the most mild of cases through to the more chronically affected.

SAD lamps work on the principle that SAD is directly correlated to the amount of exposure to sunlight that individuals experience, which is reduced in the winter months. One theory is that light stimulates hormone levels in the specific part of the brain that affects mood, appetite and sleep patterns. Therefore if those people who suffer from SAD can increase their exposure to light through light therapy, then their mood could be lifted to levels consistent with that of the spring and summer seasons. Lamps and lightboxes used in light therapy have a very intense light – for example, an ordinary light bulb gives out light measuring between 200 – 500 lux, whereas a light therapy lamp tends to have a minimum output of 2500 lux. It is thought that light therapy helps symptoms of SAD in up to 67% of sufferers.

There are eleven clocks and lamps in the range, ten of which come from the renowned brand Lumie, a specialist in light therapy. The range spans body clocks to help the body combat the darker mornings through to fully medically certified products that can help alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The clocks work on the principle of using gradually increasing simulated natural sunlight, therefore aligning your internal bodyclock and increasing the hormones that produce energy, leaving your body more refreshed and alert. The SAD lamps and lightboxes can be used to help the more chronic symptoms of SAD by creating a brighter light for use at any time of day; the theory is that being in close proximity to this light can increase the levels of melatonin and cortisol, to help induce a positive mood and stimulate energy levels.

David Hurst, Healthcare Buyer for boots.com said: “We recognise that the often mixed weather Britain experiences can leave many people with either unspecified feelings of ‘winter blues’ or in more severe cases the diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Research shows that using a special bright light can improve symptoms of SAD and as we believe that the turning back of the clocks in October can signal the start of winter for many, we feel this is the perfect time to introduce this range of SAD lamps and clocks that could help lift people’s spirits.”

* All statistics taken from NHS Direct 08 August 2008

About Boots
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots UK Limited (registered number 928555) a member of Alliance Boots. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots UK Limited.

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Boots Has Created Two Fragrances As Part Of Its Support Of This Years BBC Children In Need Campaign

Boots has created two fragrances to generate funds for BBC Children in Need 2008, the fifth year the company has lent its support to the charity.

The ‘his’ and ‘hers’ fragrances from Boots are called Hug for Her and Hug for Him*. The bottles, coloured gold for Hug for Her and silver for Hug for Him, come complete with a Pudsey-inspired phone charm. The fragrances themselves have been specially created to conjure up memories of a happy childhood.

Hug for Her is all about the familiar smell of bath time; the smell of warm towels with a hint of baby powder, whereas Hug For Him has the scent of wood shavings overlaid with the sweet scent of cola, to represent a school pencil case that contains everything from pens and pencils, through to sticky sweets.

Colette Phillips, Charity Marketing Manager for Boots, said: “We absolutely tried to recreate comforting scents that are defining memories from childhood. Our customers who buy a Hug fragrance to support Children In Need will relive happy memories of their childhood, whilst the donation they have made will help BBC Children in Need create brighter futures for some of today’s generation of children.”

Boots has supported BBC Children in Need for the past four years and helped raise a record total of £1.2 million pounds for the children’s charity during last year’s fundraising.

Colette continued: “This year BBC Children in Need is all about doing something different, so we thought we should follow that ethos here at Boots. Traditionally, all our Children in Need Pudsey products, which are sold to raise funds for the charity have been focused on children, but this year we thought we should do something different and create products that adults can also enjoy.”

The fragrances are just two of ten Pudsey products available from Boots. Other products include a mug, badges, a Pudsey bear and a bag, and the obligatory Pudsey ears.

In addition, Boots store teams around the country and teams at the Boots Support Offices will be joining in the fun with some innovative fund-raising ideas.

* Hug for Her and Hug for Him each cost £10, with £3.50 from each product sold being donated to BBC Children in Need.

About Children in Need:
The BBC Children in Need Appeal is in its 28th year and over that time has raised more than £470m to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The statistics show just how necessary the charity’s work is; in the UK it’s estimated that 2.8 million children live in poverty, one hundred thousand children run away from home each year, one child in twenty is classified as disabled and there are 175,000 young carers in Great Britain. More information on the BBC Children in Need Charity (registered charity no. 802052) is available at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

About Boots
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots.

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Boots Has Introduced Two New Ranges From Philips And Durex To Its Healthcare Offering, Aimed At Creating A New Level Of Intimacy For Customers

Boots is introducing two new intimacy ranges to its healthcare offering for customers, from global brands Philips and Durex.

The introduction of the new ranges from Boots is in recognition of a new government survey that revealed there are 26 million married or co-habiting couples in the UK. Experts agree that the sexual relationship of a committed couple constantly evolves over time and that discovering new experiences allows a couple to strengthen their relationship.

The range of Intimate Massagers from Philips allows partners to take intimate moments together to a totally new level. With their sculpted design, intimate massagers can be held comfortably in the palm of the hand allowing continual skin to skin contact. Specially created so that they are warm and smooth to the touch, the massagers can feel irresistible against the skin and have multiple stimulation surfaces for varied sensual experiences.

Philips Intimate Massagers are the first non-penetrative stimulators designed to please both partners. They are available in three different sets designed to suit different couples’ preferences. Dual Intimate Massagers are a pair of massagers designed for partners to use together while the Warm Intimate Massager is specially shaped so that it can be used on either partner, made with soft materials that can be automatically pre-warmed before use on its charging base. The Warm Intimate Massager with Candles is a gift set that adds three romantic LED candle lights, giving a long-lasting glow.

Paula Hall, Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist explains, “As loving couples share each other through sexual intimacy, both experience a change in their body’s chemical and hormone levels. The presence of certain chemicals brings about emotional changes which enhance the strength of a long-term relationship; the more chemicals couples product together, the more bonded they feel.”

At the same time, Boots.com is also introducing a new range from Durex called Durex Play. This range sees Durex moving from its more traditional area of contraception into sexual enhancement, with the range including a massage mousse, an orgasm enhancing gel for women and massage melts – combining freezable shots of smooth massage gel and lube.

David Hurst, Healthcare Buyer for boots.com said: “We recognise experts’ opinions that an enjoyable sex life can allow couples to strengthen their relationship, as well as having health benefits too – increased happiness, reduced stress and a deepening emotional connection. These two new ranges demonstrate a responsible, sensitive and discreet approach to sexual enhancement which we believe our customers will appreciate, and the fact that they can buy online can remove any fear of embarrassment, as it can all be done in the privacy of their own home.”

About Boots
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots UK Limited (registered number 928555) a member of Alliance Boots. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots UK Limited.

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Boots.com Gain Exclusive Stockist Status For myface.cosmetics The New Cosmetics Brand From Renowned Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most influential make-up artists in the world, whose client roster includes Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore, to name but a few. She is now allowing every woman “access” to her professional expertise with the launch of the make-up brand myface.cosmetics that syncs a person’s make-up with their skin tone.

Boots will be stocking myface.comestics exclusively on its website, which is the UK’s number one health and beauty online retailer.

Combining the expertise of a high profile make-up artist with high quality products and high-tech packaging, myface.cosmetics has ceremoniously ended mass confusion in the make-up aisles. By merchandising colours and shades according to skintone, both online and in store, myface.cosmetics creates an easy-to-shop user-friendly experience.

Charlotte believes that the vast majority of women are concerned with the make-up colours that most suit them, rather than application techniques, and therefore the range is based on this insight, with each shade picked to work with a specific skin tone – fair, medium and medium/dark.

Charlotte Tilbury said: “The most common question people ask me is ‘What colour lip gloss, blush etc. would you use on my face?’ The right colours dramatically enhance your overall appearance and the wrong ones can really detract.” This refreshingly prescriptive approach to make up seems blindingly obvious and yet has never been done before.

The range consists of ten lines, from light ethereal foundations to lip pop gloss and upload mascara for loaded lashes. Each line has shades that are recommended for each of the skin types.

Celeste Sinclair, Beauty Buyer for boots.com said, “We are so excited to have myface cosmetics as an exclusive brand on our site. Charlotte has earned iconic status in the fashion & beauty world and we know that our customers who are self-confessed ‘beauty addicts’ are absolutely going to love this new brand with such inspirational expertise behind it.”

About Boots
Boots is the UK’s leading retailer of beauty products, skincare products, electrical beauty products such as straighteners and health products, with thousands of products from prestigious brands, as well as exclusive brands that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK, either on the high street or online.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is a trading name of Boots UK Limited (registered number 928555) an Alliance Boots company. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots UK Ltd.

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Boots Aims To Reach The £4m Donation Mark For The Charity Breast Cancer CareBoots Aims To Reach The 4m Donation Mark For The Charity Breast Cancer Care

Boots has revealed that it hopes, with the help of its customers, to reach the £4m donation mark for the charity Breast Cancer Care, as this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins,.

Boots has supported Breast Cancer Care for the past eleven years, and during that time has raised almost £3.5m pounds for them. This year, Boots hopes to break the £4m pound barrier with the help of staff and customers.

Once again No7, the UK’s largest cosmetic brand, is selling some beautiful products with a donation to Breast Cancer Care. This year, No7 has created two exclusive limited edition Breast Cancer Care products, with 20% of the purchase price being donated to the charity for every one sold.

The No7 Breast Cancer Care All-Over face Powder is embossed with a pink Breast Cancer care ribbon in the center of the shimmery compact which helps skin look fresh during the winter months. Followers of this season’s trend for natural looking lips can also support a worthy cause with the No7 Breast Cancer Care Lip Gloss.

There are also other ‘pink ribbon products’ available to buy, from a kabuki brush with its own pink pouch through to pink ribbon nail files, a key charm and a compact mirror. Stores will also be selling pink ribbon key rings and pin badges featuring the new Breast Cancer Care ribbon design. In addition, No7 teams around the country will join in the fun with some innovative fund-raising ideas.

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, with almost 46,000 people diagnosed every year. Breast Cancer Care is there for anyone affected by breast cancer. They bring people together, provide information and support, and campaign for improved standards of care. They use their understanding of people’s experience of breast cancer and their professional expertise in everything they do.

Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer and is considered one of the most trusted brands in the UK (Customer Trust Index January 2007). Each year Boots supports a variety of charities, including The Eve Appeal, BBC Children in Need and Breast Cancer Care. In 2007 Boots raised approximately £2.4million for their chosen charities.

Boots would like to thank all of its customers for its support of the campaign over the past eleven years – this fantastic figure could not have been raised without their help.

About Boots
Boots is the UK’s leading retailer of health and beauty products, including make up, as well as health information.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots.com Direct Limited (VAT no. 116 3001 29) an Alliance Boots company. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots.com Direct Limited.

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Boots Has Become The Exclusive Dealer Of Fragrance House Girard

In the early 1920s it was the French fine fragrance houses that dominated the market, especially once Chanel No.5 was launched in 1921. However, a British fragrance house, Girard, had been popular since the turn of the century, and now approximately one hundred years after it first went on sale, the brand has been revived with Boots becoming the exclusive stockist of Girard.

The original Girard was a modern brand, sitting alongside contemporaries such as Chanel, Floris and Penhaligons, with some of its advertising illustrated by Gladys Peto, a member of the legendary Bloomsbury Set. At its height, Girard offered fifteen different fragrances and now some of these original recipes have been reconstructed to form part of the new range.

Two original recipes from the 1920s have been reinvigorated and will be launched as a celebration of the brand’s heritage. Bouquet d’Orient is a rich spicy oriental fragrance with top notes of Bergamot, Lemon and Neroli giving way to a floral heart of Rose, Ylang Ylang and French Violet Leaves to name but a few. These all rest on a warm resinous mélange including Madagascan Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Myrrh and a hint of Patchouli. In contrast Lysval is a floral perfume with a cascade of flowers including Ylang Ylang, Indian Jasmine, Rose petals and Orange blossom, supported by a particularly French base which contributes to a Springtime floral essence.

The lead perfumer on the project was Beverley Bayne at CPL Aromas. She said of Girard: “The challenge was to update the fragrance, keeping as close to the original signature as possible whilst still appealing to the modern nose. These fragrances are like fine French wine – the charm of them is that they are meant to be savoured and have great depth.”

Because Girard was always such a contemporary fragrance house, it is only fitting that some new fragrances enter the fold on its relaunch. Three additional fragrances have been created to accompany the original recipes, all evoked by some of women’s favourite destinations around the world – Bali Sunrise, New York Nights and Provence Spring. Bali Sunrise is a luscious green, floral and fruity fragrance, New York Notes focuses on a citrus top note with warm base whilst Provence Springs is a fresh floral perfume.

Girard Brand Development Manager, Helen Tarver said: “The beauty of archives is that you never know what you’re going to find. When I found a whole batch of original recipes and marketing materials in the archives I felt instantly excited that I had found some “buried treasure” that was worth resurrecting.”

About Boots
Boots is the UK’s leading retailer of health and beauty products, including fragrance, as well as health information.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots.com Direct Limited (VAT no. 116 3001 29) an Alliance Boots company. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots.com Direct Limited.

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Boots.Com Launches A Campaign Of Unique Beauty Competitions With Priceless Prizes

Everyone loves the chance to win something for nothing and so boots.com has launched a campaign of alluring beauty competitions to celebrate its ‘Biggest Ever Beauty Event’.

Boots.com has given itself a makeover for a beautiful new look and to celebrate has launched its ‘Biggest Ever Beauty Event’. As part of this, every day for the next month, the site will feature inspirational beauty competitions including once in a lifetime prizes such as winning front row seats to a show at London Fashion Week, or receiving a make-over with ’10 Years Younger’ presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones.

However, the beauty event itself is about much more than inspirational competitions. It includes access to beauty advice, great new looks and beauty tips from a whole host of industry experts, such as hairdresser James Brown, friend and hair stylist to Kate Moss. One of James’ top tips is: “I never spray hairspray directly onto the hair. I spray it onto the tips of my fingers and rub it into the scalp where I want to create volume – on the crown and sides. To smooth hair, spray it onto the palms of your hand, rub together and then use your hands as tools to smooth flyaways down the hair.”

The event comes at the perfect time; September sees London Fashion Week which not only showcases next season’s fashions, but also the models don make-up looks likely to dominate the industry for the seasons to come.

Amanda Howard, Head of Content for boots.com said: “We know Autumn can often be overlooked for beauty; there are obviously huge stories around getting ready for summer and by November people are starting to think about their Christmas looks. But in-between, Autumn is really important – not only do we get sneak previews of next season’s influences from Fashion Week, but the weather is changing and women can start to see it affect their hair and skin. Our customers have told us that they are desperate for advice and inspiration, so we wanted to give them exactly what they have asked for.”

This biggest ever beauty event simply heralds the changes to content that will be seen on a regular basis on the new boots.com. The new site will see the same depth of health and beauty products as ever but now sitting alongside editorial content, such as ‘how to’ demonstration videos and hints and tips that can be incorporated into everyday routines. To add even more expertise, the site now has its own Beauty editor, Katie Campbell, previously deputy beauty editor of Grazia. Katie will be writing a daily beauty blog to bring readers previews of up and coming launches, product reviews and all her inner thoughts and inspiration on all things beauty.

About Boots
Boots is the UK’s leading retailer of beauty products, skincare products and health products, with thousands of products from prestigious brands, as well as exclusive brands that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK, either on the high street or online.

Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots.com Direct Limited (VAT no. 116 3001 29) an Alliance Boots company. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots.com Direct Limited.

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