May 15, 2019 / 8:03 AM / 7 days ago

BUZZ-Marston's: Strong Easter sales, cost control drive profit higher, shares up

** Pub operator Marston’s Plc shares up 4%

** Co posts 2% rise in H1 underlying pretax profit; underlying revenue rises 5% for 26 weeks ended March 30

** Co identifies 120 mln stg of disposals over FY2020-2023

** Liberum says it assumed 60 mln stg of disposals

** Brokerage expects modest upgrades to PBT/EPS in the region of 1% for FY19E and 3% for FY20 and FY21 estimates (Reporting by Justin George Varghese in Bengaluru)

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