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Abbott Declares 354th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

Friday, June 08, 2012

Abbott Declares 354th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend10:09 EDT Friday, June 08, 2012ABBOTT PARK, Ill., June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today declared a quarterly common dividend of 51 cents per share.This marks the 354th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924. The cash dividend is payable Aug. 15, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 13, 2012.Abbott has increased its dividend payout for 40 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 approximately 91,000 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 AbbottFor further information: Media, Adelle Infante, +1-847-938-8745, or Financial, Larry Peepo, +1-847-935-6722, both of Abbott