McDonald’s (MCD) is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 32,000 local restaurants in more than 100 countries. Thursday, the company raised its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.55/share. The dividend is payable on December 15, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1, 2009.
MCD’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner said, “So far in 2009 we’ve returned nearly $4.0 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, bringing total cash returned since the beginning of 2007 to about $15.5 billion. With today’s dividend increase, we expect to end the year near the high end of our three-year, $15 billion to $17 billion total cash return target.”
Disclosure I will be selling my holding in KFT and using the cash to purchase MCD shares market open Monday.