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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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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