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: The FTSE 100 fell amid concerns over the crash in Ukraine

Headlines from Russia and Ukraine dominated trading, with shares opening lower across Europe after the US announced more sanctions on Russia companies.

Market Report: EasyJet rises above industry turbulence

Fears that budget airlines were feeling the squeeze were pushed aside yesterday as an army of analysts declared EasyJet worth a buy.

Market Report: Investors optimistic despite William Hill's 'annus horribilis'

Investors today placed their bets that next year could be an annus mirabilis for William Hill, after what one analyst described as an “annus horribilis”.

Shopping centres, like the Hammerson one proposed for Leeds, have created opportunities, but more needs to be done

From mines to malls: introducing the new North

The death of traditional industries has left the region in need of regeneration. Retail developers are moving in – but is the Government doing enough to help?

Market Report: Tesco boosted as Cantor adds it to shopping list

Tesco’s trading problems have been well trailed but one analyst yesterday decided it was worth having its shares in your basket.

Business Secretary Vince Cable

No more ‘wiggle room’ for foreign bidders, says Vince Cable

The announcement from Business Secretary follows US drugs giant Pfizer’s controversial offer for Astrazeneca

De Beers to bring Forevermark to UK

De Beers hopes eventually to have up to 40 locations in the UK

11. Christopher Bailey

Burberry investors vote against chief’s pay, but he gets it anyway

Of the votes cast, 52% did not support the directors' remuneration report in humiliating revolt

Mothercare’s US suitor sends second profit alert

The chances of a new approach from the American suitor of Mothercare slimmed yesterday after the Nasdaq-listed company issued its second profit warning this year.

Burberry sales surge appeases angry shareholders over Bailey's pay package

Burberry first-quarter sales increased by 12% despite a rising pound

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Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
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Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
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Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

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UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London