ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Dec. 12 The board ofdirectors of Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today declared a quarterly common dividend of36 cents per share.
This marks the 340th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbottsince 1924. The cash dividend is payable Feb. 15, 2009, to shareholders ofrecord at the close of business on Jan. 15, 2009.
Abbott has increased its dividend payout for 36 consecutive years --including a 10.8 percent increase earlier this year -- and was named by aleading financial media outlet as one of its top five dividend stocks --http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/news/0802/gallery.dividend_stocks/3.html.Additionally, Abbott is a top performer of the S&P 500 DividendAristocrats Index --http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/11/1106_dividend_aristocrats/2.htm, whichtracks companies that have annually increased their dividend for 25consecutive years.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to thediscovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals andmedical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. Thecompany employs more than 68,000 people and markets its products in more than130 countries.
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