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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Market Report: Drax loses power after decision to cut subsidies for the coal-fired power station

Drax lost power yesterday after the Court of Appeal backed the Government’s decision to cut subsidies for the coal-fired power station.

Market Report: Shire tumbles amid concerns of new restrictions on American corporates buying overseas companies

Concerns that the M&A boom could be over worried the City yesterday.

Logo fatigue hits Prada as sales slowdown to three-year low

Italian designer Prada is the latest luxury group to be knocked off its pedestal by waning demand for big labels.

Coach sales decline but Chinese market helps offset losses

Demand for leather handbags in China has helped Coach off-set dwindling sales in its home market in the US.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch sells of slice of fashion brand to Qatari investors

Her handbags are a favourite with Beyoncé and Alexa Chung

Victoria’s Secret not in the pink after losing court battle for trademark

Court rules Victoria’s Secret’s use of the name Pink in the UK infringes on Thomas Pink’s trademarks

A model wears a creation for Gucci women's Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week

Gucci’s profit hit by fashion for exclusivity

Kering’s plan to turn Gucci around as an ultra-luxury brand has hit first-half sales and profit at the designer.

Reckitt Benckiser to spin-off heroin treatment drug in £3bn deal

RBP, based in the United States, makes up around 7 per cent of RB’s sales

Burberry is opening new stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles this autumn

British fashion goes where food failed in America

From discount to luxury, UK brands are vying to conquer the States. Laura Chesters asks if they can succeed in a graveyard for our retailers

Middle East tourists are the real big spenders

Tourists from the Middle East are the biggest spending shoppers in Britain, according to a survey showing Kuwaitis and Qataris pay out an average of £3000-£4000 per visit.

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