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Mothercare like-for-likes rise 0.5%

Mothercare saw like-for-like sales rise 0.5% for the second quarter ended October 11.

Mothercare reported that first half like-for-like sales were up 0.8%.

Total UK sales fell 2.6% in the second quarter but this was due to a planned reduction in space. Direct in home sales rose 25.1% while international retail sales were up 37.6% putting total group sales 0.3% ahead.

Mothercare chief executive Ben Gordon said: "The Mothercare group performed well around the world in the second quarter. Our UK business was resilient in a slow market, with our Direct business once again delivering particularly strong growth."

Gordon added: "International continued to grow rapidly. With the opening of 78 stores in the first half, including our first two stores in China, we now have 572 stores overseas trading in 49 countries. We are managing the business tightly and despite the issues in the wider economy we enter the second half benefiting from the strength of our two international brands and our positive cash position."

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