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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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.

Vuitton's interlaced LV is fashion's most copied fashion logo

Louis Vuitton to open its first European airport boutique at Heathrow

The iconic fashion house is set to open its doors at Terminal 5

Profits fall at luxury goods giant LVMH

Waning demand for Hennessy cognac and Louis Vuitton handbags saw first-half profits at LVMH fall 5 per cent to €2.58bn (£3.47bn). Sales at the Paris-based luxury giant rose 3 per cent to €14bn, missing analysts’ forecasts.

Losses treble at Premier Foods

The food group Premier Foods is pinning its hopes of a turnaround on a relaunch of its Mr Kipling cake brand and the return of its Homepride Fred character after its half-yearly pre-tax losses more than tripled from £15.7m to £54.9m.

Job losses planned with Crocs in deep water

Crocs, the maker of the love ’em or hate ’em rubber shoes whose fans once included Rihanna and P Diddy, has fallen out of fashion.

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