Firms pay record £18.8bn dividends

Press Association
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Firms paid a record £18.8 billion in dividends over the first three months of 2012, a jump of 25% on a year earlier.


But rather than highlighting a shareholder bonanza, the latest Dividend Monitor from Capita Registrars said special payments of £2.2 billion by Vodafone and Cairn Energy masked a weaker than expected performance.