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Abbott Declares 352nd Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

Friday, December 09, 2011

Abbott Declares 352nd Consecutive Quarterly Dividend11:55 EST Friday, December 09, 2011ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today declared a quarterly common dividend of 48 cents per share.This marks the 352nd consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924.  The cash dividend is payable Feb. 15, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 13, 2012.Abbott has increased its dividend payout for 39 consecutive years and is a member of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, which tracks companies that have annually increased their dividend for 25 consecutive years.About AbbottAbbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics.  The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at www.abbott.com.SOURCE AbbottFor further information: CONTACT: media, Adelle Infante, +1-847-938-8745, or financial, Larry Peepo, +1-847-935-6722