Unilever, Imperial Tobacco, BT May Increase Dividends Next Week

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Unilever, Imperial Tobacco Group Plc and BT Group Plc may be among companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index to raise dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Unilever, the world’s second-biggest consumer-goods company, will raise its interim dividend by 8.2 percent to 22.5 euro cents, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. Imperial Tobacco, maker of West and Davidoff cigarettes, will lift its final dividend to shareholders by 10 percent to 66.20 pence, the data show.

BT, Britain’s biggest Internet-service provider, will increase its interim dividend by 4.2 percent to 2.50 pence, according to Bloomberg data. Cable & Wireless Communications Plc, the U.K. telecommunications company with operations in Panama and the Caribbean, will cut its dividend by 2.9 percent to 2.67 cents. The company has changed its reporting currency to U.S. dollar.

Bloomberg data also forecasts increased dividends next week for: Coloplast A/S, Tate & Lyle Plc, 3i Group Plc and Invensys Plc.

Companies in the Stoxx 600 may boost dividends per share by 41 percent in the next 12 months, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings-per-share will grow 19 percent on average, the data show.

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