Siemens, Vodafone, Barry Callebaut May Raise Dividends Next Week

Siemens AG (SIE) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) are among the 16 companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index that may raise their dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, will increase its dividend by 22 percent to 3.30 euros a share, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. Vodafone, the world’s biggest mobile phone operator, may boost its interim payout to shareholders by 7 percent to 3.05 pence a share.

Companies in the Stoxx 600 may raise shareholder payouts by 8.3 percent in 2012, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Per-share earnings are forecast to grow 10 percent.

SSE Plc, the U.K.’s second-biggest power producer, may raise its interim payout by 8 percent to 24.2 pence while Barry Callebaut AG (BARN), the world’s largest maker of bulk chocolate, might raise dividends by 3.6 percent to 14.50 Swiss francs.

Associated British Foods Plc (ABF), owner of the Primark discount clothing chain, Sodexo (SW) SA, the world’s second-largest caterer, and Vedanta Resources Plc (VED), the biggest copper producer in India, may also increase dividends next week.

The Stoxx 600 declined 3.8 percent this week on growing concern Greece will spiral into disorderly default and European leaders will fail to raise funds for their expanded bailout facility.

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