Firms rise payouts as they start to recover from the effect of the weaker pound

UK companies cautiously raised shareholder payouts last year as firms started to recover from the effects of the weaker pound. Dividends grew just 3 per cent on a headline basis to $95.7billion in 2017 in Britain, according to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, marking a rebound following a 3.5 per cent drop a year earlier.

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