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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French monopolies guru wins economics Nobel Prize

Jean Tirole, who has studied regulation and oligopolies since the 1980s

Jean Tirole wins 2014 Nobel Prize in economics

Tirole’s book The Theory of Corporate Finance analyses the impact of regulation on corporations in the modern economy

Raise finance against your art collection

Falcon’s new Fine Art funds will enable collectors to retain possession of their artwork

Microsoft's Satya Nadella under fire after saying women 'shouldn't as for pay raise because it's not good karma'

Nadella claimed not asking for a pay raise makes a female employee more 'trustworthy' and karma ultimately pays off

Named and shamed: The FTSE 250 companies with no women at the top

Firms have six months to appoint at least one woman to their board

KFC owner Yum Brands issues profit warning on China food scandal

Scare over old meat hit sales  at the fast-food chain’s Chinese outlets

Walt Disney in €1 billion bail-out for loss-making Euro Disney theme park

The funding package includes a share sale and debt restructuring that will see the French theme park de-listed

Dunkin’ Donuts returns to the UK after 20 year hiatus

Brand is going head to head with American rival Krispy Kreme

Vince Cable and Chuka Umunna act on City ethnicity

Both the Government and the Opposition have pledged to make ethnic diversity in the boardroom as high profile an issue as the fight for more women at the top.

Selfridges in £40 million website revamp

Biggest single investment in Selfridges.com since website launch

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Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks