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BD To Pay Quarterly Dividend, Repurchase Shares

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today said that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.33 per common share.
The dividend is payable on Jan. 2, 2009, to shareholders of record on Dec. 12, 2008. The dividend is $.045 more than the dividend for the previous quarter, said BD. At the current rate, BD’s annual dividend would be $1.32 per share.
In addition to the dividend, the firm said that the board also authorized the repurchase of up to 10 million common shares. The new repurchase program is in addition to the 5.9 million shares that remained available on Sept. 30, under a 10-million share repurchase program authorized in July 2007.
BD had roughly 243 million shares outstanding as of Sept. 30.

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