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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Hey, big spenders: how men are saving fashion

Men now make up 40 per cent of the luxury goods market - and the proportion is growing

Eurostar revenues jump on business travel demand

Eurostar has posted a 7 per cent increase in sales boosted by strong demand for business travel during the first three months of the year.

Philips shares tumble after earnings drop

Philips shares fell more than 7 per cent after the world's largest lighting company said weaker business in emerging markets and a strong euro hurt profits in the first quarter.

Chocolate demand hits the sweet spot

Global demand for chocolate is pushing the price of cocoa beans to a three-year high as West African farmers struggle to keep up with demand.

Michael Lewis' book paints a damning picture of high-frequency trading

High-frequency trader halts $3bn float as FBI probes ‘flash boys’

Virtu Financial delays share sale as spotlight falls on controversial practice

Mulberry cuts prices as it warns on profits

Mulberry performed a strategic U-turn yesterday, pledging to cut the prices of its high-end handbags as it issued its fourth profit warning in two years.

Diageo and Remy Cointreau hit by China's crackdown on luxury gifts

The crackdown on extravagant gifts in China by President Xi Jinping has claimed its latest victims as Diageo and Remy Cointreau were both forced to swallow tumbles in sales

Mulberry to 'cut prices' after fourth profit warning

Mulberry has announced a dramatic U-turn, promising to cut the prices of its high-end handbags as the luxury leather brand issued its fourth profit warning in two years.

Chinese keep on buying from Burberry

The luxury brand Burberry defied fears of a spending slowdown in China yesterday as it revealed demand for its distinctive check-lined trench coats and leather bags continued to grow.

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