Boots suitors given until end of the month for fresh bids

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Prospective bidders for Boots have been given until the end of the month to place first-round bids in the £7bn battle shaping up for the health and beauty retailer.

With the new owners of Asda, supermarket chain Sainsbury’s and a number of the world’s largest private equity firms all reportedly eyeing a bid for Boots, the health and beauty retailer’s boss Seb James met with prospective bidders last week, according to The Times. 

James, alongside advisers from Goldman Sachs, touted the opportunity for Boots to offer more health services alongside an improved beauty range. 

Boots was acquired by American giant Walgreens in two stages during the 2010s to form the Walgreen Boots Alliance. 

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