McDonald's has raised its dividend each and every year since paying its first dividend in 1976. Starting in 2008, dividends are paid on a quarterly basis.
On July 19, 2012, McDonald's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.70 per share of common stock payable on September 18, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 4, 2012.
Cash Dividend History
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* Stock split executed this quarter - see Stock Split