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: Laura Ashley profit and shares jump

The British retailer best known for its chintzy fabrics and dresses has made a dramatic return to fashion, as profit and shares jumped yesterday.

Actors Sean Penn (left) and Charlize Theron joined Bernard Arnault and wife Helene at this year’s Paris Fashion Week

‘Wolf in cashmere’ Bernard Arnault calls off the hunt for shares in rivals

The man behind LVMH has agreed to stop buying into luxury goods group Hermès - for now

Redrow chairman Steve Morgan rakes in £3m as annual profits double

Redrow unveiled a 91 per cent jump in full-year pre-tax profit to £132.6 million for the year to June

Levi's former denim brand Big 'E' up for sale

Denim manufacturer DNA Limited is selling the brand's intellectual property

Berkeley thriving but says price rises are slowing down

Tony Pidgley said the market has 'reverted to normal transaction levels from the high point in 2013'

China pressed on copycat culture

Some 70 per cent of counterfeit goods seized at EU borders originate from China

Hermès beats after posting strong first-half profit but warns of forex fluctuations

The purveyor of €6,000 Birkin handbags has beaten forecasts with half year operating profit up 6.3 per cent despite currency exchange issues.

Market Report: CSR rejects bid from rival Microchip Technology

The microchip supplier behind Beats by Dre headphones and Bluetooth speaker docks pulsed up to the top of the mid-tier table yesterday on news that it had received a bid from its American rival Microchip Technology.

Tiffany beats as sales shine brighter

US jewellery group Tiffany & Co posted forecast beating earnings yesterday with a 16 per cent jump in net profit to $124.1m.

Mulberry rival Village England bags first London store

A new British handbag brand that is targeting shoppers who have found Mulberry too expensive has opened its first shop as its wholesale sales jump by nearly a third.

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