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Mothercare’s UK business continues to suffer


International childcare products retailer reports another sales dip

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International childcare and clothing retailer Mothercare has reported another decline in sales at its UK High Street stores.

In a trading update on Thursday, Mothercare said total group sales in the 13 weeks to 12 January fell 7.4 percent from a year ago. However in the UK, the drop was 12.9 percent. Removing the effects of the closure of 11 UK stores, the dip in sales came in at 5.9 percent.

Away from the British market, Mothercare’s international sales rose 14.8 percent over the corresponding period. This helped mitigate the effect of a poor UK performance on the entire group.

Unsurprisingly, the sentiment is reflected in new store openings and the closure of existing outlets. While Mothercare has shuttered 11 UK stores in the last three months, 31 new stores were opened outside the UK.

"We have made solid progress in the last quarter, despite a challenging consumer backdrop for the UK and Eurozone," said chief executive Simon Calver.

In year-over-year terms, Mothercare currently has 269 stores in UK, compared with 311 in April 2012.

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