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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Market Report: Tesco boosted as Cantor adds it to shopping list

Tesco’s trading problems have been well trailed but one analyst yesterday decided it was worth having its shares in your basket.

Business Secretary Vince Cable

No more ‘wiggle room’ for foreign bidders, says Vince Cable

The announcement from Business Secretary follows US drugs giant Pfizer’s controversial offer for Astrazeneca

De Beers to bring Forevermark to UK

De Beers hopes eventually to have up to 40 locations in the UK

11. Christopher Bailey

Burberry investors vote against chief’s pay, but he gets it anyway

Of the votes cast, 52% did not support the directors' remuneration report in humiliating revolt

Mothercare’s US suitor sends second profit alert

The chances of a new approach from the American suitor of Mothercare slimmed yesterday after the Nasdaq-listed company issued its second profit warning this year.

Burberry sales surge appeases angry shareholders over Bailey's pay package

Burberry first-quarter sales increased by 12% despite a rising pound

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

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