Supply rejig boosts Moss Bros sales

Menswear fashion retailer Moss Bros has upped suit sales by 23 per cent in the first quarter, after improving its supply chain.

Speaking at the Drapers Global Sourcing Summit, Moss Bros chief executive Philip Mountford said fabric is now held in factories for four weeks, enabling the retailer to replenish best-selling lines more quickly.

'If a product is selling well, we can order more. If it's not, we can switch off the supply chain. We could not have reported a 23 per cent rise in sales without doing that,' said Mountford.

Suit options have been cut to 60 and the ranges are being bought in bigger depth and bigger sizes. Moss Bros is due to announce its first-quarter update on May 28.