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Boots has acquired Liz Earle, the Isle of Wight-based skincare firm with 600 staff, from Avon for £140m.

Boots is looking to recruit 1,300 staff for its warehouse at Centrum 100 in Burton.

Boots has acquired Burrows & Close, the Nottingham-based chain of 17 pharmacies with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Boots is to introduce nurse-led clinics to its shops to provide services such as travel vaccinations and blood pressure checks, and the first two will open in Nottingham and Milton Keynes next month.

Boots is to set up a 460,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Centrum 100 Business Park in Burton upon Trent, in order to transfer work from Worcester and Nottinghamshire.

Boots is said to be looking to open up to 15 drive-through stores over the next two years, following the success of a trial in Colchester.

Boots has agreed a deal with Bournemouth & Poole NHS Trust to set up the country's first high-street GP surgery in Poole, as part of a government initiative to make healthcare more accessible in local communities.

Boots is in discussions with the NHS about the possibility of setting up GP surgeries and basic healthcare services in some of its larger stores, which will involve renting out space to local health authorities.

Boots is to set up a chain of 60 midnight pharmacies in retail parks, train stations and airports across the country.

Boots is to invest about £200m in store refurbishments and improvements to its distribution infrastructure.

Boots is to recruit up to 100 staff for a new 11,500 sq ft health and beauty store due to open at Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent in April.

Boots is planning to merge with Alliance UniChem in a £7bn deal that would create a combined healthcare and beauty retailing business with 2,600 stores in the UK.

Boots has secured sites to open three out-of-town stores next year in Yeovil, Hayle and Great Yarmouth.

Boots is to close its laser eye care, chiropody and dentistry operations by the end of the year, casting doubt on the future of 850 jobs, and the space will be used to expand its retailing operations.

Boots is to spend £250m opening 40 edge-of-town and 20 convenience stores this year, and about 3,000 new jobs will be created.

Boots is to outsource its Nottingham-based D82 Warehouse and 600 jobs to Unipart, while 300 new jobs will be created across the Boots logistics operation to cope with extended working hours and more frequent deliveries.

Boots has sold its Hearingcare operation to David Ormerod Hearing Centres of Llandudno, with Ormerod taking responsibility for the provision of hearing care in 64 of its stores.

Boots is considering plans to open health and beauty stores in the US, and discussions are taking place with a number of potential partners.

Boots is to invest £238m in new stores and computer systems this year, but 500 jobs are being shed in the IT and human resources departments at its Nottingham head office.

Boots is to sell Halfords, the chain of 400 car parts and cycle stores, to CVC Capital Partners for up to £427m, which will involve the transfer of all 9,800 staff and the head office in Redditch.

Boots has announced plans for a £240m refurbishment programme over the next four years, and 300 stores will be refitted this year.

Boots is planning to open 20 Halfords car and cycle accessory shops and refurbish 60 to the Arcade format this year, as part of an ongoing programme to revive the brand.

Boots is to close 19 stand-alone stores in Asia, in order to focus its international expansion on implants in stores run by companies such as Watsons in Taiwan and Tops in Thailand.

Boots is planning to set up six trial branches in out-of-town Sainsbury stores later this year.

Boots is planning to open a chain of 65 Pure Beauty cosmetic stores after a trial of eight outlets.

Boots is planning to speed up the development of its laser eye clinics, with five more opening before August.

Boots has acquired Portland Ceramics, the Manchester-based dental laboratory, for £1.6m, and will invest £0.5m in the laboratory in the first year.

Boots is planning to invest £19m in the creation of 34 new-format Halfords car accessory stores in London and the south-east.

Boots has launched two hearing care centres in Birmingham and Manchester, and plans to invest £11m opening a further 150 over the next four years.

Boots is to open a further 38 chiropody and foot care practices in stores across the country, at a cost of £6m.

Boots is to acquire Clearasil, the acne treatment, from Procter & Gamble for £233m, in order to expand its international skincare business.

Boots is considering plans to install solar power systems in its stores, and is testing a unit made by Solel Solar Systems of Israel.

Boots is to transfer its 17 Dutch stores to Royal Ahold, in a change in strategy that will see it focus on retailing in Asia and the distribution of own-brand products through other retailers in continental Europe.

Boots and Prudential are to launch the first combined credit and loyalty card, which will involve Boots taking commission on the sale of financial services to its customers and the creation of 200 new jobs at Prudential's Derby call centre.

Boots is considering plans to build gyms in some of its retail outlets, and is in talks with health club operators.

Boots has sold its Do It All chain of 139 DIY stores to Focus Retail, which is backed by Duke Street Capital, for £68m.

Boots is acquiring Hermal Kurt Herrmann, the German skincare company, from Merck for £174m, and will use Hermal's salesforce to launch its Lutsia range of anti-ageing and anti-acne products into Germany.

Boots is selling its AG Stanley home-decorating stores to Alchemy Partners, the venture-capital group, for a nominal sum.

Boots is acquiring Laboratoires Lutsia, the French skincare concern, for £115m, as part of its strategy to develop its over-the-counter healthcare activities.

Boots is to acquire WH Smith's share in their joint Do It All chain of DIY stores.