Mens formalwear specialist Moss Bros has reported that like-for-like sales for the first 19 weeks of its second half rose 7.8%.

For the 45 weeks to December 6, like-for-like sales were up 7%. Total sales were up 5.6%.

For the 45 weeks, ecommerce sales were up 81%.

Moss Bros chief executive Brian Brick said: “We are encouraged by the trading momentum throughout the business as we enter the important Christmas trading period.

“Hire evening wear has shown growth on the prior year and although there has been some weakness in retail demand due to the warmer weather conditions, we have offset this with selective promotional activity and close control over costs.

“We continue to develop the business by leveraging the strength of our brands and our operational capabilities. The Board remains confident in the outlook for the full year.”