Carrefour, ProSieben, Adidas May Increase Dividends Next Week

Carrefour SA, ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and Adidas AG are among 52 companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index that may boost dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer, may raise its annual payout to 1.13 euros a share from 1.08 euros, according to Bloomberg forecasts. ProSiebenSat’s payout will likely climb to 75 euro cents from 2 cents, the data show. Adidas may double last year’s payment to 70 cents a share.

Companies in the Stoxx 600 may lift dividends by 11 percent in the next fiscal year, according to analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Operating profit margins in the index have risen to 18.9 percent of revenue in the past 12 months, up from 16.2 percent a year earlier, Bloomberg data show.

Carrefour, based in Paris, and ProSiebenSat, Germany’s biggest private broadcaster, are due to announce their dividends when they report earnings on March 3. Adidas, the German sporting-goods maker, is scheduled to announce its dividend and financial results a day earlier.

Aixtron AG, a German maker of equipment for the semiconductor industry, and SEB SA, the world’s largest maker of countertop kitchen appliances, may also boost dividends next week, the data show.

Parmalat SpA, Italy’s biggest dairy company, may on March 2 reduce its annual payment to 6 cents per share from 6.3 cents, according to Bloomberg forecasts. Verbund AG, Austria’s biggest utility, may say the same day that it will pay 70 cents for 2010, from a total of 1.25 euros the previous year in special and regular payments.

Continental AG, Europe’s second-biggest tiremaker, is likely to omit a dividend for the third year in a row on March 3, the data show.

Overall, Bloomberg forecasts covered 72 expected dividend announcements for next week.

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