Luxury leather goods chain Mulberry on Thursday posted a wider first half loss and warned it sees "disappointing" clothing sales for 2003.

The Bath-based firm, whose founder Roger Saul was recently ousted as chairman by major shareholder Challiace, reported a pre-tax loss of £1.05 million versus £960,000 in the year-ago period.

New chairman and CEO Godfrey Davis said turnover rose 10 per cent to £13.3m but early indications for the Spring/Summer 2003 season were "satisfactory for accessories, but disappointing for clothing".