May 12, 2017 / 6:17 AM / 3 months ago

BRIEF-John Menzies says confident of DX deal completing during summer

May 12 (Reuters) - John Menzies Plc

* Says group has had a positive start to year, continuing to make good progress against our strategic objectives.

* Says at Menzies Aviation, underlying business is performing well with solid revenue growth in period of 12 percent on a constant currency basis.

* Menzies Distribution overall sales decline of 3.1 percent in first four months of year, against year ago, is broadly in line with forecasts.

* Says rate of decline within magazine market is sharper than expected.

* Says proposed deal to combine Menzies Distribution with DX continues to move forward positively.

* Says remains confident of a conclusion to deal during summer.Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting By Simon Jessop)

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