LONDON -- The FTSE 100
With that in mind, here's a quick look at three companies from the various FTSE indexes that have lifted their dividends this week...
Revenues for the six months to June 30 were up 4% to 12 billion pounds, with adjusted pre-tax profit coming in 14% up, at 767 million pounds.
Long-term income investors have done well with Centrica -- its payout has grown by a cumulative 55% since 2006.
Broadcaster and TV producer ITV
Although advertising revenues are under increasing pressure -- the BBC's Olympics coverage won't help -- the firm's production division, ITV Studios, enjoyed a 34% rise in revenues.
Full-year dividend yield is forecast at 3.1% based on a 77 pence share price, but ITV's forecast year-end price-to-earnings ratio stands at an undemanding 8.7, so there's room for recovery there too.
Building materials supplier Travis Perkins
Adjusted pre-tax profit fell modestly, by 1.9% to 138 million pounds, but the firm was still able to boost its interim dividend by a juicy 23% to 8 pence per share, and it's well covered by 57.3 pence in earnings. The full-year dividend forecast is modest at 2.4%, but the shares have done well since the beginning of the year.
An honorable mention
I must give a tip of the hat to SSE
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