Coca-Cola board raises annual dividend 7%

by Eric Schroeder
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ATLANTA — The board of directors of The Coca-Cola Co. on Feb. 18 raised the company’s annual dividend to 44c per share, up 7% from 41c. This is equivalent to an annual dividend of $1.76 per share, up from $1.64 per share in 2009. The first quarterly dividend is payable April 1, 2010, to shareowners of record as of March 15, 2010.

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