UK suit retailer Moss Bros Group said in an interim management statement that its like for like sales for the 16 weeks to 23 May were down 3.9%.

Total sales for the first 16 weeks were down 2.3%.

The company said its like for like sales were behind 2.0% for the last ten weeks though.

Year to date retail gross margin is 50 basis points ahead of last year leaving year to date total gross profit behind 1.4%, the company said.

Commenting on the outlook, Brian Brick, Moss Bros CEO, said: "Our core competency of suit selling remains very strong (suit units ahead 27%) with our position as the UK's No.1 branded suit specialist in no doubt.

"We continue to operate and manage the business in the manner befitting the current environment and the more I work with the management team the more opportunities I can see for this business in the future."