The amount of dividends paid by companies on a global scale has reached a new record in the second quarter, according to a study by fund management firm Janus Henderson Investors. Dividends paid to shareholders around the world rose by 1.1% in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, to 513,8 billion.
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"But the growth rate has been the lowest in more than two years", the deceleration of the world economy had "begun to make themselves felt on the dividends", says the management company. For comparison, the amount of the dividend was increased 14.3% in the second quarter of last year.France pays the most dividends in Europe
Europe is particularly affected" by the slowdown of the dividend increase, says the report of the investment fund. They have fallen 5.3% 169.5 billion, in particular due to the weakness of the euro.
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In this slump, the French shareholders have fared well. In fact, companies traffic are proven to be again very generous with them. France is "by far the largest payer of dividends in Europe", they are the same up 3.1% to $ 51 billion.a Slowdown in China and the USA
As the Old Continent, the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan has done less well than last year (-2,9% to 43.2 billion us dollars). "A quarter of Hong Kong companies in our index have cut their dividends, including China Mobile. It is a much larger percentage than in other major markets, reflecting the slowdown of the chinese economy," observes Janus Henderson.
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in The United States, if the amount of the dividends to spring up 4.4% to 132,9 billion, these results are consistent, however, is the "pace of growth the slowest in two years".
From 2015, the global dividend for the second quarter have continued to grow. For the year 2019, Janus Henderson maintains its forecast unchanged, anticipating a record-breaking $ 1430 billion of dividends, an increase of 4.2%.
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