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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Models at Boohoo's US launch in March

Boohoo share decline raises dotcom bubble fears

Online fashion group Boohoo.com fell below its 50p float price for the first time today as fears about a dotcom bubble continue.

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes unveils management shake-up

Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes has announced the first details of his planned shake-up of the drinks giant after taking over in July.

Versace profits are in fashion

Italian designer Versace fashioned a 27.6 per cent jump in net profit to €10.9 million last year and sales jumped 17.2 per cent to €479.2m.

Karren Brady has been a sidekick of Lord Sugar on ‘The Apprentice’ since 2010

Women making big strides to the top – but there's more to do

More women are on boards than ever before, but the UK's listed sector still has further to go to meet next year's target, it was revealed today.

Louis Vuitton is finding that customers no longer buy handbags for the logo and is changing tack

Brussels grants luxury goods industry special status

European Commissions hails luxury sector as a driver of 'European industrial renaissance'

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons extend merger talks

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons’ talks to merge are set to continue as the two retailers announced they have been granted an extension by the Takeover Panel.

Big leap in British food exports to China

A taste for Scottish salmon and British pork by China’s emerging middle classes drove UK food and drink exports 5 per cent higher last year to £12.8bn.

Temasek deal dashes hopes for Superdrug's London float

A multi-billion pound deal between Asia’s wealthiest man Li Ka-shing and a Singaporean government fund has scuppered immediate hopes of a London float for Superdrug.

Hermès reports record high operating margin

There was no sign of waning demand for luxury goods in China from French luxury brand Hermès today as it reported a record high operating margin and an annual 8.9 per cent profit rise to €1.218 billion.

Ted Baker profits soar as retailer aims for global expansion

Ted Baker has reported a 26.7 per cent pre-tax profit jump to £40 million as the London-based retailer vows to cement "truly global” presence.

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David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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