Wednesday September 15, 2004
Boots the Chemist, a dowdy former icon in the British high street, has announced that it is quitting zappy areas such as laser eye correction and dentistry to focus on the day job: health and beauty products.
The businesses - all started within the last five years - have never made a profit. Last year the dental, chiropody and laser hair removal operation made a loss of £16m on sales of £29m, while the group’s nine laser eye clinics lost nearly £4m on sales of £19m.
850 jobs are affected.
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