In our Health & Beauty Division, we have highly regarded and long established product brands such as No7, Soltan and Botanics, together with newer brands which we have successfully launched in recent years such as Boots Pharmaceuticals and Boots Laboratories. Product innovation and development, packaging and product marketing capabilities are key skills which enable us to develop new and existing brands.
We are continuing to internationalise our key product brands, increasingly selling them through select retail partners, our own and third party internet shopping sites, and independent pharmacies. In the US, we are developing a programme to sell Boots product brands in Walgreens drugstores and in Asia, we are partnering with Dairy Farm to sell Boots product brands in their retail stores, starting with Mannings health and beauty stores in Hong Kong. In Europe, our Boots Laboratories range is sold by independent pharmacies in five countries.
In addition, we have long term partnerships with a select number of third party brand owners to sell their products in Boots stores on an exclusive basis, sharing in the future brand equity. We also continue to manufacture a significant proportion of our most popular own brand and exclusive products.
In our Pharmaceutical Wholesale division and associates, Almus, our range of generic medicines, is sold in five countries and Alvita, our range of patient care products, is sold in six countries.
*All figures are approximations as at 31 March 2013 and include associates and joint ventures.