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Alliance Boots still top of the sales table

Alliance Boots has held the top slot in a national table of companies in terms of sales.

It is the fourth consecutive year the high street retailer and wholesaler has been number one in the Sunday Times BDO Top Track 100 list of private companies.

The full table will be published in the newspaper this weekend.

Alliance Boots is one of 19 private companies in the East Midlands to feature on the list.

Together they employ 203,000 people and have combined sales of £44bn with profits of £3.3bn.

Alliance Boots had sales of £22.4bn, not including associate and joint ventures.

Stefano Pessina, the group’s 72 year-old executive chairman, is on track to turn the company into a global business, selling a 45 per cent stake to US chemists chain Walgreens last year for £4.2bn, and taking a 12 per cent stake in China’s Nanjing Pharmaceutical.

The group now has 3,100 shops as well as 370 pharmaceutical distribution centres in more than 25 countries, but still employs 8,000 people at its Nottingham base.

Now in its twelfth year, the Top Track 100 is sponsored by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO and Skillcapital, the private equity-focused executive search firm.

The annual league table is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based networking events and research company.

The 100 companies on the list saw sales growth of seven per cent to a combined £195bn, their profits rose seven per cent to a total of £18bn and together they employ just over a million people, having added 30,000 staff in their latest year.