Boots will focus on it core healthcare market this year, its chief executive Richard Baker said today.

Releasing the group’s preliminary results to March 31, 2005, Baker said that group sales were up 2.7% to £5,469m, while like-for-like sales in its high street stores increased by 2.4%.

Group profit before tax and exceptionals were down 11.4% to £481m, reflecting the cost of modernising Boots.