Publicis Aims to Increase Dividend Payout, CEO Tells Investir

Publicis Groupe SA will “gradually” increase its dividend payout toward 35 percent to 40 percent of annual earnings, compared with 23.6 percent for 2011, Chief Executive Officer Maurice Levy told French weekly newspaper Investir in an interview. Levy didn’t give a timeframe for the dividend payout hikes, according to the Investir interview.

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