• Q1 sales fall 4.4% 
  • UK sales decline 10.2% 
  • International growth up 11%

Children's wear retailer Mothercare saw its first-quarter sales fall 4.4% today (19 July) on the back of weaker trading in the UK.

Total UK sales for the 15 weeks ended 14 July fell 10.2% and UK like-for-like sales declined 6.7%.

However, Mothercare's performance abroad continued to offset its UK business. International retail sales were up 11%, with Asia Pacific and the Middle East & Africa seeing the most growth. Worldwide network sales edged up 1.1%.

"First quarter results were in line with our overall plans despite challenging trading conditions in the UK and the eurozone," said chairman Alan Parker.

"The UK store restructure programme, which is targeting the largest loss-making stores first, is progressing well with a reduction of 16 stores in the quarter."

Meanwhile, Parker said the company's cost reduction programme remains on track and is confident in the delivery of its three-year transformation plan.

Over the period, Mothercare opened 25 stores outside the UK, taking the total number of overseas stores to 1,053.