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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Vuitton's interlaced LV is fashion's most copied fashion logo

Louis Vuitton to open its first European airport boutique at Heathrow

The iconic fashion house is set to open its doors at Terminal 5

Profits fall at luxury goods giant LVMH

Waning demand for Hennessy cognac and Louis Vuitton handbags saw first-half profits at LVMH fall 5 per cent to €2.58bn (£3.47bn). Sales at the Paris-based luxury giant rose 3 per cent to €14bn, missing analysts’ forecasts.

Losses treble at Premier Foods

The food group Premier Foods is pinning its hopes of a turnaround on a relaunch of its Mr Kipling cake brand and the return of its Homepride Fred character after its half-yearly pre-tax losses more than tripled from £15.7m to £54.9m.

Job losses planned with Crocs in deep water

Crocs, the maker of the love ’em or hate ’em rubber shoes whose fans once included Rihanna and P Diddy, has fallen out of fashion.

Hermès not so big in Japan after VAT hike

Japanese shoppers kicked their habit of buying Hermès silk scarves and Birkin handbags after a VAT hike hit the luxury goods company’s sales growth in the country.

Market Report: The FTSE 100 fell amid concerns over the crash in Ukraine

Headlines from Russia and Ukraine dominated trading, with shares opening lower across Europe after the US announced more sanctions on Russia companies.

Market Report: EasyJet rises above industry turbulence

Fears that budget airlines were feeling the squeeze were pushed aside yesterday as an army of analysts declared EasyJet worth a buy.

Market Report: Investors optimistic despite William Hill's 'annus horribilis'

Investors today placed their bets that next year could be an annus mirabilis for William Hill, after what one analyst described as an “annus horribilis”.

Shopping centres, like the Hammerson one proposed for Leeds, have created opportunities, but more needs to be done

From mines to malls: introducing the new North

The death of traditional industries has left the region in need of regeneration. Retail developers are moving in – but is the Government doing enough to help?

Market Report: Tesco boosted as Cantor adds it to shopping list

Tesco’s trading problems have been well trailed but one analyst yesterday decided it was worth having its shares in your basket.

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Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
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Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
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Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
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Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
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Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
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'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

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