The UK boss of German discounter Lidl has reportedly stepped down – after just a year in the role.

Frank-Michael Mros quit as UK managing director last week, according to The Times.

He previously headed up the discounter’s German arm, but stepped down last April amid allegations that the company had spied on its workers. Mros moved to the UK last year to take over from Marcel Oosterwijk, who became Dutch managing director.

The departure continues a turbulent period for the major discounters, which have struggled to maintain momentum in the past year.

During the summer, Netto sold its UK business to Asda for £778m. In February Aldi installed its Swiss chief, Roman Heini, as UK co-head alongside Matthew Barnes following Paul Foley’s shock exit in August 2009.

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