Severe winter weather has dented UK sales at baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare Plc, but strong international sales and tight cost control have helped it to a full-year revenue rise.

Indeed, the retailer said its brands have performed so well overseas that it is planning at least 38 new stores in India during the coming year, taking its total there to 70.

For the year to 27 March its worldwide network sales rose 10% to GBP1.1bn, with international retail sales growing by 20.2%.

It opened 119 stores in 29 countries outside the UK in the year, giving a total of 728 stores, including its first in Australia.

In the UK, however, where Mothercare operates 387 stores, chief executive Ben Gordon said the retailer will "continue to manage the business tightly in an uncertain consumer environment" after like-for-like sales rose just 3.0% in the year.

In the fourth quarter, UK like-for-like sales fell 1.6%, but total group sales rose 3.3%, boosted by a 19.3% hike in its international business.