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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The Week Ahead: Primark may come to the rescue as ABF faces a struggle over sugar

Things could get a bit sticky for Primark owner Associated British Foods after accusations that another subsidiary, British Sugar, may have fixed sugar prices. However, today’s update is likely to show that the clothing retailer’s success is offsetting ABF’s problems with flagging prices for the sweet stuff. Numis’s scribblers said its previous update revealed “worse than expected sugar results and foreign exchange concerns” but was “mitigated by a better than expected performance from Primark”. They expect more of the same at ABF’s latest trading update.

Market Report: Shares jump for Intellectual property specialist IP Group

Intellectual property specialist IP Group cleaned up yesterday on news of a new laundry invention.

Bags of growth ahead for Mulberry

The luxury British retailer is going through an exciting transition, as Bruno Guillon explains to Laura Chesters during a tour of new Somerset factory

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

Kering luxury group sees profits slide as Gucci sales decline

Group's crown jewel Gucci reported its slowest quarterly sales growth in four years

Market Report: Analysts played down fears of action against the 'crack cocaine' of gambling, fixed-odds betting machines

Playtech was popular with punters yesterday on news that it was returning cash to shareholders.

Market Report: Stand-out performer Avanti soars 20.25p

After a roller-coaster ride for investors in the Aim-listed satellite operator Avanti Communications this year, news of a deal with the telecoms giant Vodafone called it up nearly 10 per cent higher.

Market Report: Activist investors SpringOwl placed a bet and bought 6 per cent of Bwin

Activist investors at SpringOwl have swooped on the bookie Bwin.Party and are hoping they could be on to a winner.

Market Report: Improving sentiment helped the FTSE 100 soar 72.38 points to 6,736

Relief that people are spending in shopping centres helped the mall owner Hammerson to the top of the Footsie yesterday.

The Week Ahead: Numis thinks there is scope for a return from IHG of a further $350m-$500m

The City starts the week with some retail therapy as the shopping centres owner Hammerson today releases its full-year results.

Patek Philippe secures Bond Street store for record price

Watches of Switzerland has sold the lease on its 1200-sq ft store to Patek Philippe for £10m

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit