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General Mills Announces 8 Percent Dividend Increase

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>New Annualized Rate of $1.32 per Share Represents a 3.4 Percent Yield Extending a 113-year Record of Dividends Paid Without Interruption or Reduction</b> </p>

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

General Mills Announces 8 Percent Dividend Increase13:39 EDT Tuesday, June 26, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS (Business Wire) -- General Mills (NYSE: GIS) said today that its board of directors has approved an 8 percent dividend increase for General Mills common stock. The new quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share is payable Aug. 1, 2012, to shareholders of record July 10, 2012. The new annualized dividend rate of $1.32 per share represents a yield of roughly 3.4 percent at recent market prices for General Mills shares. “We view dividends and dividend growth as a key component of value creation for shareholders,” said General Mills Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ken Powell. Over the past five years, which was a challenging period for the capital markets overall, General Mills' dividends per share increased at an 11 percent compound annual rate. The company's dividend yield has averaged roughly 3 percent over this same period. General Mills has one of the longest dividend histories in corporate America. The company and its predecessor firm have paid shareholder dividends, without interruption or reduction, for 113 years. General MillsAnalysts:Kris Wenker, 763-764-2607orMedia:Kirstie Foster, 763-764-6364