Mothercare [IRDX RMOC] chief executive Mark Newton-Jones today said that he did not believe that slowing online sales growth, combined with growing like-for-like store sales, represented a long-term change in behaviour for the retailer’s customers.

The retailer for the parents and carers of young children, a Leading retailer in IRUK Top500 research, today reported online sales growth of 3.3% in the 15 weeks to July 8, contrasting with growth of 6.4% in the same quarter a year earlier, and of 13.6% in the final quarter of last year. At the same time overall sales fell by 1.8% after a programme of store closures, although UK like-for-like sales, which strip out the effect of store openings and closures, were 1.9% up on last time. Group sales were flat.

Newton-Jones said: “We have…