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‘The search for dividend growth in an uncertain market’

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    The strength of corporate balance sheets and margins, however, is giving boards the confidence to increase dividends in spite of this volatile backdrop, providing a source of real income growth in an otherwise scarce yield environment.

    Ben Lofthouse is fund manager of the Henderson International Income investment trust

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    IN NUMBERS

    Stockmarket dividend yield for 2011 calendar year, according to Citigroup

    • UK – 4.2%

    • US – 2.2%

    • Europe excluding UK – 4%

    • Japan – 2.7%

    • Pacific excluding Japan – 4.4%

    Source: Citigroup

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