Abbott Declares 357th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

             Abbott Declares 357th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

  PR Newswire

  ABBOTT PARK, Illinois, Feb. 15, 2013

ABBOTT PARK, Illinois, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The board of directors of
Abbott (NYSE: ABT)today declared a quarterly common dividend of 14 cents per
share.

This marks the 357th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since
1924. The cash dividend is payable May 15, 2013, to shareholders of record at
the close of business on April 15, 2013.

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 Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the
development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare.
With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical
devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves
people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people.

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