Laura Chesters

Laura Chesters is a business reporter and covers the consumer, food, drink and luxury goods sectors on the business desk at The London Evening Standard, i, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

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Berkeley thriving but says price rises are slowing down

Tony Pidgley said the market has 'reverted to normal transaction levels from the high point in 2013'

China pressed on copycat culture

Some 70 per cent of counterfeit goods seized at EU borders originate from China

Hermès beats after posting strong first-half profit but warns of forex fluctuations

The purveyor of €6,000 Birkin handbags has beaten forecasts with half year operating profit up 6.3 per cent despite currency exchange issues.

Market Report: CSR rejects bid from rival Microchip Technology

The microchip supplier behind Beats by Dre headphones and Bluetooth speaker docks pulsed up to the top of the mid-tier table yesterday on news that it had received a bid from its American rival Microchip Technology.

Tiffany beats as sales shine brighter

US jewellery group Tiffany & Co posted forecast beating earnings yesterday with a 16 per cent jump in net profit to $124.1m.

Mulberry rival Village England bags first London store

A new British handbag brand that is targeting shoppers who have found Mulberry too expensive has opened its first shop as its wholesale sales jump by nearly a third.

Historic luggage brand John Pound returns to the carousel

One of the oldest luggage brands in the world is to be relaunched in the UK after it was purchased from John Lewis.

David Gandy fronts campaign for Savile Row tailor in Japanese expansion

Model David Gandy is helping a 208-year-old Savile Row tailor he favours himself in its bid to make it big in Japan.

Tourists call a halt to British spending sprees

The strong pound and escalating conflicts around the world have scuppered spending sprees among overseas visitors to the UK and pushed international spending to a five-year low.

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey pockets £4m in Burberry share sale

Bailey's total package including salary and share options is worth more than £27 million

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