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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Mike Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United, is expanding his interests to House of Fraser

Sports Direct boss scores with acquisition of stake in House of Fraser

The 165-year-old department store chain joins Debenhams in Mike Ashley's retail empire

Prada's spring/summer 2000 campaign

Prada misses full year profit forecast

Weaker demand for Prada handbags and clothes in Europe, helped the Hong Kong listed Italian fashion house miss analyst forecasts.

Asos chief defends investment strategy after profit slowdown

The chief executive of young fashion website ASOS defended his investment strategy and said it will allow the group to be truly global.

Paris experiment buoys Marks & Spencer for Euro expansion

Strong sales of crumpets, tea cakes and digestive biscuits in Paris has given Marks & Spencer the confidence to step up its expansion across Europe 13 years after it shut up shop across the Channel.

Models at Boohoo's US launch in March

Boohoo share decline raises dotcom bubble fears

Online fashion group Boohoo.com fell below its 50p float price for the first time today as fears about a dotcom bubble continue.

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes unveils management shake-up

Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes has announced the first details of his planned shake-up of the drinks giant after taking over in July.

Versace profits are in fashion

Italian designer Versace fashioned a 27.6 per cent jump in net profit to €10.9 million last year and sales jumped 17.2 per cent to €479.2m.

Karren Brady has been a sidekick of Lord Sugar on ‘The Apprentice’ since 2010

Women making big strides to the top – but there's more to do

More women are on boards than ever before, but the UK's listed sector still has further to go to meet next year's target, it was revealed today.

Louis Vuitton is finding that customers no longer buy handbags for the logo and is changing tack

Brussels grants luxury goods industry special status

European Commissions hails luxury sector as a driver of 'European industrial renaissance'

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons extend merger talks

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons’ talks to merge are set to continue as the two retailers announced they have been granted an extension by the Takeover Panel.

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?