Tailored clothing maker Albion Plc has posted a pre-tax loss of £338,000 for the six months to end-March, compared with a pre-tax profit of £26,000 in the same period a year ago.

According to a company statement, the loss was largely due to one of its major customers, menswear retailer Ciro Citterio, going into administration.

"Attempts to replace that lost turnover have not proved successful and continuing high street price pressure has had the effect of reducing our trading margin," the company said.

However, Albiion said it was working with Chinese sources and hoped to be selected as a first choice suit supplier to a number of new customers.