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Some caution is needed for the dividend yields of UK companies as their
dividend structures are very different from the US and most US sites seem
to assume the rest of the world's dividends follow US rules.

The surest thing is to go to the company's website and dig up the dividend payment history.

For example, National Grid. For 2012 they paid $3.1133 in dividends. Given the latest stock quote the yield is 5.75%.

The first dividend payment of 2013 exceeded that of '12, $1.61 compared to $1.55.

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