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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Hewlett-Packard back on acquisition trail as turnaround begins to pay off

Hewlett-Packard is back on the acquisition trail despite the fallout from its disastrous purchase of Autonomy in 2011.

Luxottica shares fall amid speculation Andrea Guerra leaving 'over Google Glass row'

Eyewear giant recently agreed a partnership with Google to develop fashionable versions of Google Glass

Carlsberg issues profit warning on Russia weakness

Carlsberg issued another profit warning today as sales in Russia — more than a third of its business — were hit by the Ukraine conflict.

Persimmon in call for green belt shake-up

Britain’s biggest housebuilder has called for a review of green belt policy in the UK to allow much-needed new homes to be built.

A shopper poses on an enamel throne at the Luxury China exhibition in Beijing. The ‘golden age’ of China’s luxury consumption is over – but brands are recovering

Luxury leaps the Great Wall again

High-end goods are starting to recover from the hangover of China’s assault on business ‘gifting’, says Laura Chesters. But the brands can no longer take their cachet for granted

Market Report: Good news for Royal Mail shareholders

There was a delivery of glad tidings for Royal Mail shareholders yesterday as the City speculated it will make more cost savings.

Market Report: Drax loses power after decision to cut subsidies for the coal-fired power station

Drax lost power yesterday after the Court of Appeal backed the Government’s decision to cut subsidies for the coal-fired power station.

Market Report: Shire tumbles amid concerns of new restrictions on American corporates buying overseas companies

Concerns that the M&A boom could be over worried the City yesterday.

Logo fatigue hits Prada as sales slowdown to three-year low

Italian designer Prada is the latest luxury group to be knocked off its pedestal by waning demand for big labels.

Coach sales decline but Chinese market helps offset losses

Demand for leather handbags in China has helped Coach off-set dwindling sales in its home market in the US.

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