UK management U-turn at Gap following exit

Fashion group Gap UK has scrapped its recently created senior management structure, following the departure of stores director Richard Leyens.

The role - in which Leyens reported to Gap senior vice-president and head of Europe Anthony Thompson - was created last year.

But Gap has decided to bin the position, and Leyens - who had only been with the retailer for three months - will not be replaced.

The three regional managers that formerly reported to Leyens will now report directly to Thompson. A spokeswoman at Gap would not comment on Leyens' departure, other than to confirm he was no longer at the business.

Gap International - taking in the UK, France, Germany, Canada and Japan - last week reported sales of US$1.7 billion (£1.06 billion) for the year to February 1 at its 374 stores.

In the UK, Gap has 120 shops, but specific sales figures are not issued.

- Gap's international performance: page 6.