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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Property owners offered 4% of shale gas revenues

The proposal is based on the industry in the United States where individuals get a small slice of the revenue

Floats to cheer City amid retailer woes

Sir Richard Branson’s banking venture Virgin Money is expected this week to confirm plans for its float

UK welcomes Great Wallet of China

The UK’s shops are hoping to reverse the current downturn in tourism spend with a boost from a massive influx of Chinese shoppers this week.

Nike emerges as World Cup winner as profits surge

American sportswear giant Nike has emerged as the winner of the World Cup after it reported a sharp rise in profits, leaving rivals Adidas and Reebok knocked out.

Improved Chiquita-Fyffes merger plan fails to deter Brazilian suitor

The Brazilian consortium hoping to buy US banana giant Chiquita stepped up its fight today as Fyffes improved the terms of the deal.

Hammerson raises cash for luxury spending spree

Property giant raises close to £400 million in surprise fundraising

H&M sales hit by warm weather as shoppers shun autumn collection

Clothing giant H&M has reported a sharp slowdown in sales as shoppers delayed purchases of winter items following a mild September.

TNT Express issues profit warning on eurozone weakness

TNT Express, the Dutch delivery firm, has issued a profit warning today as eurozone weakness hit its margins.

Jimmy Choo puts foot forward for float

Patience paid off in the City yesterday as the long-awaited floats of the British shoe brand Jimmy Choo and Edinburgh-based housebuilder Miller Homes were confirmed.

Pub group hungry for rival Spirit

The pub group behind Hungry Horse and Loch Fyne restaurants wants to gobble up smaller rival Spirit Pub Co in a £700m deal.

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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