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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Tate & Lyle shares dive in fresh profit warning

The firm blames shortfall on competition and supply-chain problems

Jimmy Choo heads for London float in October

Shoe giant will float a 25% stake in the company in the LSE

Profits jump at Fabergé owner after strong sales of emeralds and rubies

The emerald miner behind jewellery brand Fabergé posted a sparkling set of results today, returning to profit.

Union blames supermarket price war for Dairy Crest plant closures

Unite warns of death of 'traditional milkman' as Dairy Crest boss defends decision to close bottling plant

Jimmy Choo poised to step out as listed firm

Luxury brand has about 120 directly operated shops across the world

Market Report: Elliott sells chunk of computer games chain Game Digital

News that vulture fund Elliott Management sold a chunk of computer games chain Game Digital this week is no reason for investors to think it is also time to quit the retailer.

Coca Cola and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley launch London pop-up shop

Coca Cola obviously thinks the launch of its new drink Coca-Cola Life did not get enough media coverage because it has drafted in model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to unveil its new shop.

Prada first-half profits tumble as tourist demand slows

Italian fashion brand Prada revealed tumbling first half profit as weak demand from tourists hit growth.

Telefonica wins battle for Brazil’s Global Village Telecom

The owner of O2 has emerged victorious in its €7bn battle to buy a Brazilian broadband giant, outbidding its Italian rival.

Petra Diamonds unveils plan for early dividend

The miner that found two rare blue diamonds this year has said it plans to pay a dividend sooner than expected.

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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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Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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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
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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
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