Consumer-products leader Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) announced today its third-quarter dividend of $0.81 per share, the same rate it's paid for the past two quarters after raising the payout 9.5%, from $0.74 per share.

The board of directors said the quarterly dividend is payable on Oct. 2 to the holders of record at the close of business on Sept. 6. The consumer-products company has made payouts to investors for 79 years, and 2013 marks the 41st consecutive year it has raised the dividend. 

The regular dividend payment equates to a $3.24-per-share annual dividend, yielding 3.3% based on the closing price today of Kimberly-Clark's stock.

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