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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British designer Christopher Bailey with Kate Hudson and Claire Danes

Burberry's Christopher Bailey massive pay package sparks shareholder anger

Bailey's total package including salary and potential share options is worth more than £27 million

Unipart Automotive ‘days away’ from securing a rescue deal

The UK’s largest independent car parts supplier is close to a rescue deal as Euro Car Parts and Jon Moulton’s Better Capital circle Unipart Automotive.

Jigsaw enjoys strong sales as it raises its fashion credentials

Jigsaw is back in fashion and has posted a 7 per cent sales jump and profit of £1.5m on turnover of £64.2m.

The value of luxury: America becomes absolutely fabulous

The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections

America becomes absolutely fabulous

The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it

Philips to spin off LED lights business

The electronics group Philips is gearing up to spin off its car lights and LED business that could be valued at up to €2bn.

Market Report: Sports Direct snaps up a 4.8 per cent stake in Mysale.com

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct stepped in to help out his old friend Sir Philip Green yesterday by snapping up a 4.8 per cent stake in Mysale.com.

Premier Foods cooks up cost-cutting deal for Bird’s Custard, Angel Delight and Marvel

Premier Foods’ so-called power brands failed to grow as hoped, as the food group today spun off the making of its Bird’s Custard, Angel Delight and Marvel brands to help ease costs.

Market Report: Investors back Shire deal

Punters in the City were hoping the drugs do work as they piled into pharmaceutical giant Shire on rumours it was a takeover target.

Whitbread shares edge higher on strong first half results

Shares in Whitbread, the owner of Costa Coffe and Premier Inn, topped the FTSE 100 as the company reported strong sales in the first half.

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