Disney Boosts Dividend by 25%

Company to make payment early, joining rush of year-end payouts ahead of expected tax hike.

Walt Disney Co., the world’s largest entertainment company, raised its annual dividend by 25 percent, joining other companies boosting their payouts ahead of an expected tax-rate increase next year.

The 75-cent-a-share payment will be made on Dec. 28 to shareholders as of Dec. 10, the Burbank, California-based company said yesterday in a statement. The previous 60-cent annual dividend was paid to investors in January.

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