Dividend checks continue to get fatter in corporate America, as more companies jack up their distribution rates.

Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher these past few days.

We can start with Kroger (NYSE: KR).

The supermarket operator is hitting the cash register with a 30% boost to its quarterly rate. Shareholders of the 2,425-unit grocery store operator will now be receiving $0.15 a share every three months. It may not seem like much, but keep in mind that Albertson's parent, SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU), suspended its distributions earlier this summer.

Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL) is hoping that its shareholders like their dividends the way that its passengers enjoy their ships and midnight buffets: bigger. The cruise line operator is making its quarterly payouts 20% more buoyant, bumping its rate to $0.12 a share.

"We have consistently communicated our desire to balance rational growth, leverage reduction and shareholder return improvement," CEO Richard Fain explained in last week's press release.

Bon voyage, income investors.

Philip Morris (NYSE: PM) also isn't blowing smoke with its disbursements. The international tobacco giant is increasing its quarterly distributions 10% to $0.85 a share. The company's "cancer sticks" may not be popular forever, but for now shareholders can take in a hefty 3.8% yield.

Finally we have CapLease (NYSE: LSE) on the move. The REIT that invests in single-tenant commercial properties with long-term leases is jacking up its quarterly rate 8% to $0.07 a share.

Checks and balances
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz calls them as he sees them. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.