Baby goods retailer Mothercare said its full-year profit jumped 51% as the turnaround plan for its troubled UK business made progress. 

Mothercare said its underlying profit before tax rose to £19.6m for the 52 weeks to March 26, from £13m a year earlier, it said. 

Sales at UK stores open over a year rose 3.6%, it said, with total UK sales up 0.3% to £459.7m. 

Mothercare is trying to revive its business in Britain, which has suffered heavy losses as margins have been eroded over the past few years, partly due to cheaper competition from rivals such as AB Foods' unit Primark and online retailers like Amazon. 

However, concerns still remain over its overseas business, partly due to currency swings. 

Sales at international stores open more than a year were down 4.5% for the year.

"Despite the challenges faced in our international markets, where sales and profit have been impacted by economic and currency headwinds, we are still opening new space," the company said in a statement. 

Mothercare said its international retail space grew 4.6% as it ended the year with 1,310 stores.