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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Diageo swaps tequila for whiskey in $1bn deal

Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs has a joint-venture with Diageo for DeLeón

Numbers of workers paid less than Living Wage on the rise with women and students hit hardest

A Living Wage has been raised to £7.85 nationwide, but is not statutory

AB InBev hit by decline in beer sales in Russia and China

Shares in AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, fell three per cent in early trading after it missed profit target citing trouble in Ukraine and a chilly late summer in China.

DiamondCorp warns over diamond prices as strike continues

Development delays caused by strikes at a diamond mine that provides stones to luxury jeweller Tiffany continued today as the miner warned prices have weakened.

Unilever disappoints on emerging markets slowdown

Unilever generates more than half of its sales in emerging markets

Market Report: Has Tesco hit bottom? Some think so

Tesco is still swamped by news about its investigation into its £250m black hole but punters put it on their shopping list yesterday as some hoped the supermarket giant had hit the bottom.

Jimmy Choo floats in London at bottom of the range amid market turmoil

The company listed its shares at 140p valuing the group at £545.6 million

Market Report: Marks & Spencer - the one retailer still worth buying

Retailers have been unpopular with punters as the supermarkets struggle and Tesco tanks, while Next warns that the warm weather could hit sales. But the chaps at Morgan Stanley claim there is one retailer still worth buying: Marks & Spencer.

Nestlé and Diageo sales hit by Chinese slowdown

Weak demand in China continues to take a heavy toll on consumer goods giants Nestlé and Diageo as they reported disappointing sales today.

Bond Street in £20 million makeover as London seeks to compete with Paris and Hong Kong for rich shoppers

London's richest street will undergo a £20 million overhaul to compete with the major luxury shopping districts of New York, Paris and Hong Kong.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?