The Daily Mail reported that in 2010 dividend payouts by FTSE 100 companies dropped 3.3% to £56.5bn, with BP's dividend cancellation knocking a hefty £5.4bn off the total. But if the impact of BP is removed, dividends were up 7.5% as companies reinstated or increased their dividends after repairing their balance sheets in the wake of the credit crunch.
Payments by UK companies are still concentrated among a few big payers. Three-fifths of all dividend payments came from the top 15 (i.e. largest) companies in 2010.
So - on average - if you held a High Yield Portfolio of FTSE 100 shares, excluding BP, your income would have increased by more than inflation.
What is more, Investors Chronicle report that Capita Registrars are forecasting that UK dividend payments in 2011 will be between £59.6bn and £63m, a rise of between 9% and 11.5% on the £56.5bn paid out in 2010, and just below the £63.1bn paid in 2007 before the financial crisis. Adjusted for inflation, dividends are still well behind 2007 levels.
- Royal Dutch Shell
- HSBC Holdings
- British American Tobacco
- BHP Billiton
- National Grid
- Standard Chartered
- Imperial Tobacco Group
- Reckitt Benckiser Group
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