Mothercare has announced that it is closing another nine stores, leading to the loss of around 100 jobs.

The store closures mean a total of 60 Mothercare stores will now be shut by June next year, putting 900 jobs at risk.

Mothercare employs about 3,000 people across 137 outlets.

Clive Whiley, Mothercare's interim executive chairman, said: "The last three months of hard work and progress have put in place the foundations to get Mothercare back to where it should be as a fit-for-purpose business with a stronger and more efficient structure both for our UK business and our international franchisees."

Mothercare’s difficulties come only months after Toys R Us was forced to close all of its 100 stores, with 3,000 jobs lost as a result.

No specific stores are yet confirmed to be at risk.