Many late-night bar and club operators are struggling to adapt to changing drinking habits, reports The Financial Times. Only this week, Luminar reported first-half underlying sales down 7.5% and Ultimate Leisure saw annual sales fall a fifth. Those without a distinctive offer and that are unwilling to spend capital are struggling or folding: Entrepreneurial leisure and Baravest both went into administration this year. Operators blame the maize of regulations, including the relaxation of licensing laws, which has greatly increased competition, to which they have to adhere and a crackdown by authorities on binge drinking. These factors have aggravated the gradual change in the people’s drinking patterns. John Collins, chief executive of research CGA-Centro and consultant at the Bar Entertainment and Dance Association, said customers were less willing to pay entrance fees. This meant traditional venues were filling up later with customers who had less to spend. Security costs were increasing and managers were spending more time trying to discourage police from walking around in fluorescent uniforms which impeded the atmosphere. But Collins said quality brands were still pulling in plenty of customers. Financial Times 23/09/06 page 5