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5 Dividend Aristocrats to Buy for 2012

These companies raise their payouts year after year after year

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#3 – Family Dollar

Family Dollar LogoDiscount retail is in high favor with consumers amid tight spending and a troubled job market. Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) is a great example of this trend. The stock is up 14% year to date, compared with a flat market. Revenues and profits have all increased year-over-year annually since fiscal 2007, showing growth even amid broader economic difficulties. On top of that, FDO stock has a decent 1.2% payout that, a history of paying dividends since 1976 and a strong record of increasing payouts, too.

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