EARNINGS: Payoff

Cash dividends of U.S. corporations in September were $1,152,000,000, a fat 60% bigger than the same month last year, the Commerce Department announced last week. For the first eight months of this year, dividends averaged 8% greater than in 1949. Thus the year-end total might be a record $7,500,000,000 compared to 1949's record of $6,453,000,000.

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