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UK’s Mothercare to close 50 stores, reappoint…

  • British high street stalwart Mothercare is to shit 50 of its stores across the UK 
  • Move comes amid a radical restructuring plan to save the baby products retailer 
  • Mothercare sales and profit hammered by rising costs and intense competition
  • Closures would trigger hundreds of job cuts, Sky News have reporter 

British high street stalwart Mothercare is to shit 50 of its stores across the UK in a radical restructuring plan to save the mother and baby products retailer.

The company intent to bring back Mark Newton-Jones as chief executive as part of the plan to be unveiled on Thursday.

Mothercare has seen sales and profit hammered by rising costs and intense competition from supermarket groups and online retailers in its main UK market.

British high street stalwart Mothercare is to shit 50 of its stores across the UK in a radical restructuring plan to save the mother and baby products retailer

British high street stalwart Mothercare is to shit 50 of its stores across the UK in a radical restructuring plan to save the mother and baby products retailer

The retail giant said on Monday that it had been working on a comprehensive restructuring and refinancing package.

The company will disclose details of the restructuring plan along with full year earnings on Thursday, the source said.

Mothercare declined to comment though it is now confirmed that Newton-Jones, who stepped down as CEO in April, a month after Mothercare warned on full-year profit, is to return to the firm.

Shares in Mothercare, a popular British high street name, have lost more than two-thirds of their value this year and closed at 21.30 pence on Wednesday.

The retail giant said on Monday that it had been working on a comprehensive restructuring and refinancing package. The company will disclose details of the restructuring plan along with full year earnings on Thursday, a source said

The retail giant said on Monday that it had been working on a comprehensive restructuring and refinancing package. The company will disclose details of the restructuring plan along with full year earnings on Thursday, a source said

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said last week that the retail market was likely to remain ‘extremely challenging’.

Looking at retail sales over the three months to April, the BRC said overall spending was up 0.4 percent year-on-year, marking the third-worst reading since the global financial crisis.

Already this year Toys R Us UK, electricals group Maplin and drinks wholesaler Conviviality have moved into administration, while fashion retailer New Look and floor coverings retailer Carpetright are closing stores.

Sky News reported Mothercare’s plans earlier and said the store closures would trigger hundreds of job cuts. (Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru)

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