• H1 revenues up 8.1%
  • UK like-for-likes up 4.1%
  • International expansion “on track”

The expansion of its international business helped baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare to post an 8.2% increase in first half revenues.

Updating on the period ended 10 October, the company said UK sales had risen 2.6% over the past six months, with like-for-likes up 4.1% and direct sales rising 14.4%.

International revenues surged up 27.3%, with like-for-likes up 1%.

Second quarter group sales rose 7%, boosted by a 23.2% rise in international sales.

UK sales were up 2%, or 3% on a like-for-like basis, while direct sales increased 11.3%.

Chief executive Ben Gordon said the Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands had performed well across all channels.

"International continues to grow strongly with 62 new stores opened in the first half, on track to meet our target of 100 new overseas stores this year," he added.

"We have opened our fourth store in China, where the brand is gaining increased recognition. We will also launch Mothercare in Australia and the Early Learning Centre in South Africa during the second half."

Gordon said the UK business had been boosted by increased direct sales, as well as the performance of Early Learning Centre inserts in larger Mothercare stores.