http://seekingalpha.com/article/817021-illustrating-inflatio...I decided to compare the rate of inflation against the dividend growth rate of the ten largest companies by market capitalization that have continuously paid and increased dividends for at least 25 years. CVX and XOM, has either matched or exceeded the rate of inflation. In all but two years (PG in 1987 and 1988), ABT, JNJ, and PG have increased their dividend more than the rate of inflation. Except for MCD in 1986, KO, PEP, and MCD have increased their dividend at a rate higher than the rate of inflation in every year for the past 25 years. As you can see, WMT has a stellar dividend growth rate exceeding the rate of inflation several times over in nearly every year over the past 25 years. On the other hand, T has pretty much kept its dividend growth rate in line with the rate of inflation.
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