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Boots, the pharmacist and beauty retailer, will shut 220 of its 320 photo labs as amateur snappers increasingly choose digital over film photography.

Some 400 jobs are affected at the labs, which offer film processing and novelty printing services, and consultations with staff started on Wednesday. Boots said retraining and redeployment would be offered where possible, although some roles will be cut.

Over 1,000 Boots stores will still house kiosks were customers can print photos instantly from digital files, and customers can still send traditional film to a central lab in Nottingham.

The company said: “Over the past few years customers’ expectations of photo services have continued to change, as they print fewer pictures but want to create more personalised photo gifts and items such as personalised photobooks, canvases and cards. As a result of these changing behaviours, Boots UK is adapting how it delivers photo services in store.”

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is headed by billionaire Stefano Pessina.

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