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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Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

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Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

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Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor