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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I want it now! Fast fashion leaves sweatshops threatened

Demand for “fast fashion” could spell the end of overseas sweatshops, a report into the manufacturing of clothing predicts.

Reckitt Benckiser to float drug treatment unit in London

The new firm — named Indivior — will start trading on December 23 if share-holders approve the spin-off next month

Burberry is keeping mum about Romeo Beckham's alleged £45,000 campaign fee as profits fall

Rumour has it the 12-year old made £45,000 for one day's work to film the Christmas advert

Workers on the sandwich production line at a Greencore factory

So who gives us our daily bread? Not British workers, according to a story making the headlines this week

But, says Laura Chesters, migrant labour has traditionally been the filling in the middle of the sandwich industry

Petra Diamonds appoints Octavia Matloa as non-executive director amid Cable pressure

All FTSE 100 companies now have at least one woman board member

British follow Michelle Obama into J Crew

J Crew - the American fashion brand that counts First Lady Michelle Obama as a fan – made a £2.7m gross profit from its three UK shops in less than four months this year.

Cartier-owner Richemont narrows sales decline but trade environment 'challenging'

The luxury goods sector has been hit by the crackdown on lavish spending by government officials in China

Hermès offsets Chinese slowdown with strong leather bags sales

French maison acknowledged a “slowdown in China's luxury market" as Chinese officials cut back on ostentatious gifts

Turkish delight at Jaffa Cake takeover

Turkish food giant gobbled up the maker of Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets

Turkey's Yildiz Holding buys United Biscuits in rumoured £2bn deal

A Turkish food giant that owns Godiva Belgian chocolate has gobbled up the maker of Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets in a £2bn deal.

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