Alliance Boots to cut 900 jobs

Alliance Boots has announced plans to cut 900 non-retail jobs as part of a programme to save £56m.

The cuts will be made mainly at the firm's health and beauty division Nottingham.

The firm said the cuts will not hit staff in shops and will be made through staff turnover where possible.

Alex Gourlay, chief executive of the firm's health and beauty division, said: "Since 2007, we have undertaken a number of steps to make our business more robust, investing significantly in our stores and commercial offering.

"This latest phase will enable us to have a stronger and more agile support infrastructure fit for the long-term future."