Thursday, 29 November 2012

U.S. Corporate Profits increases 18.6% to set New All-Time High Record, Dividend Payouts Remain Low

Figures just released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show corporate profits after tax for U.S. corporations increased 18.6% in Q3 2012 on Q3 2011 to USD 1.752 trillion. This was the highest figure ever reported for corporate profits for a quarter.



Net corporate dividends of USD 758.8 billion for the quarter was the highest since Q3 2008 when it hit USD 780.5 billion. Compared to Q3 2011 it increased by 7.5%.


Due to record profits with a slower increase in dividends paid out, the dividend payout ratio for the quarter was only 43.3%. This was the lowest for eight quarters and 12.7% lower than the average of 49.6% since 1947.

 





 

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