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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Pressure mounts on Mulberry boss as company prepares to announce sharp fall in profits

Group prepares to announce a 46 per cent fall in annual profits

Prada shares plunge after shock profit drop

Shares in Prada plunged more than 7 per cent in early trading after the Italian luxury giant revealed a shock drop in sales in the first quarter.

Dairy Crest has announced plans to close two dairies

Dairy Crest targets China's baby formula market

Cathedral City cheese and Frijj milk drink maker Dairy Crest is close to entering the $12bn Chinese baby formula market it revealed yesterday.

Unilever sells US pasta sauce business for $2.15bn to Japan's Mizkan Group

Unilever is selling its North American pasta sauce brands, Ragu and Bertolli, to Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion in cash as it continues to streamline its operations.

Burberry sets sights on Japan

Burberry's new boss Christopher Bailey promised a push into Japan yesterday as he presided over a set of record-beating full-year results.

Burberry sees record results as Bailey takes over

Burberry's new chief executive, Christopher Bailey, welcomed record-beating full-year results today with headline profits up 8 per cent and sales reaching £2.33 billion.

M&S chief under pressure as profits fall for third year

Problems with a revamped website and a lack of detail about future shareholder returns added to the woes of the Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland, as he unveiled a third straight drop in annual profits yesterday.

Divisions deepen over Pfizer's spurned bid for AstraZeneca

The splits between big investors over AstraZeneca's decision to reject Pfizer's takeover attempt deepened yesterday.

Marc Bolland, above, appears to have ditched many of his predecessor's initiatives

Marks & Spencer annual profits fall again adding pressure on Marc Bolland to re-think strategy

Clothing like-for-like sales fell by 1.4% but food improved by 1.7%

Antique dealers leave the good old days behind

The likes of Mallett can no longer rely on browsers, writes Laura Chesters. They have to sell online or at the big shows

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