UK investors bag record dividend haul

Adrian Holliday

It has been a bumper year for dividends. New data from Capita Registrars claims dividend payouts hit almost £68bn in 2011. Total gross dividends climbed 19.4% for the full year, helped by a 26% surge in Q4.

And special dividend pay-outs were sharply on the climb too. So why the sudden dividend bump? And do dividends really matter that much?