MOTHERCARE has named former Littlewoods boss Mark Newton-Jones as its interim chief executive.

Mr Newton-Jones, who led online and catalogue retailer Shop Direct for almost a decade, also spent 18 years in a number of senior roles at Next.

He will join Mothercare on March 17 to succeed Simon Calver who quit last month after less than two years in the role.

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That came just weeks after a profit warning showing Mr Calver's plans to revive the group were faltering.

Shares closed up 2.75p, or 1%, at 238p.