Men's wear retailer Moss Bros Group has suffered the resignation of finance director Roddy Murray and has also reported weakening second-half sales.

Moss Bros, which said same-store sales growth had slowed, said Murray had resigned with immediate effect but would stay on until the end of the year in an advisory role.

The company said October trading was weaker than recent trends, and that the first 15 weeks of second-half same-store sales were currently static from last year.

During the first half of the year, same-store sales edged up 3 per cent, and pre-tax profit totalled £1.7 million.

Chief executive Philip Mountford said: "The product-led strategy of branded merchandise at good prices is attracting new customers to the stores.

"The board expects market conditions to remain challenging but is optimistic that the company can outperform the menswear market and is targeting profitable sales growth in the second half."