As part of its global Corporate Social Responsibility programme, A.S. Watson is launching an initiative this Christmas through its newly established Luxury Division across Europe aimed at generating funds and awareness with a commitment from different operations to donate a portion of their sales to their favourite local charity organisations.
For the first time ever, A.S. Watson Luxury Perfumeries & Cosmetics Europe will be present at MAPIC, the international market for retail estate, from 15 to 17 November 2006 in Cannes, France. A.S. Watson Luxury Perfumeries & Cosmetics Europe is part of the A.S. Watson Group, the retail division of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.
Six Hundred and sixteen primary, secondary and special school students received today the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards (SSA) from Mrs Carrie Lam JP, the new Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and Mrs Betty Ip, Principal Assistant Secretary (School Administration & Support) of the Manpower and Education Bureau. Over 1,800 school principals, teachers, parents and family members witnessed this important moment of Hong Kong's future sports stars.
A.S. Watson announced today the launch of the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards (SSA), the first initiative of its kind in Hong Kong targeting at all local primary and secondary students. Under the new programme, awards will be granted to over 1,200 high-performing or potential students in sports nominated by their schools. The programme marks the beginning of a corporate effort to help develop an active sporting culture in welcoming the forthcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics.
A.S. Watson Group today confirmed the completion of cancellation of the listing of Merchant Retail Group shares on the official list and of trading on the London Stock Exchange following the completion of the Merchant Retail Group acquisition including The Perfume Shop. Hong Kong based A.S. Watson, the world's largest health and beauty retailer, purchased the UK company which owns the 114 strong Perfume Shop chain last month.
A.S. Watson (P&C UK) Ltd. announced today that the Offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Merchant Retail Group plc had been declared unconditional in all respects.
A.S. Watson Health and Beauty Continental Europe announced yesterday the acquisition of Portegies Drugstore in the Netherlands. Portegies was founded in 1865 and has grown into a drugstore chain of 38 outlets located mainly in Randstad and Central Netherlands with approximately 280 employees.