Regents Inns has revealed it is considering a number of possible takeover bids. The owner of Australian-themed Walkabout bars and Jongleurs comedy clubs has suffered an 11% fall in sales this year. The pub operator has been hit by a combination of the smoking ban, a slump in consumer confidence and the hike in alcohol duties. Brook Leisure, the night club operator, Sun Capital Partners, a US buy out specialist, Alchemy Partners, the private equity company run by Jon Moulton, Novus Leisure, the Tiger Tiger bar chain and Laurel Pub Company have all been linked with a bid. There has been speculation that Sun Capital Partners is the front-runner. The Times 17/05/08 page 54, 59 (Business) The Independent 17/05/08 page 53 (Business) Financial Times 17/05/08 page 18 (Companies & Markets) The Guardian 17/05/08 page 40 (Financial)