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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Historic luggage brand John Pound returns to the carousel

One of the oldest luggage brands in the world is to be relaunched in the UK after it was purchased from John Lewis.

David Gandy fronts campaign for Savile Row tailor in Japanese expansion

Model David Gandy is helping a 208-year-old Savile Row tailor he favours himself in its bid to make it big in Japan.

Tourists call a halt to British spending sprees

The strong pound and escalating conflicts around the world have scuppered spending sprees among overseas visitors to the UK and pushed international spending to a five-year low.

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey pockets £4m in Burberry share sale

Bailey's total package including salary and share options is worth more than £27 million

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.

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