The recent smoking ban has had little effect on sales at nightclub operator Luminar. The company said that like-for-like sales at its branded dancing clubs such as Lava & Ignite, Liquid and Oceana, rose 12.9% in the 19 weeks to July 12. Unseasonable weather driving people out of beer gardens and into the clubs, helped to boost trading at the clubs. Luminar now has 117 clubs, having opened three new branded nightclubs and refurbished three more since the year end. It aims to have two-thirds of its nightclubs branded by the end of 2009. Financial Times 21/7/07 page 17 (Companies & Markets) The Times 21/7/07 page 54 (Need To Know, Business) The Daily Telegraph 21/7/07 page 30 (Business)