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Abbott Declares 336th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend
Date:12/14/2007

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of Abbott today declared a quarterly common dividend of 32.5 cents per share.

This marks the 336th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924. The cash dividend is payable Feb. 15, 2008, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 15, 2008.

Abbott has increased its dividend payout for 35 consecutive years -- including a 10.2 percent increase earlier this year -- and was named to the 2007 Fortune 40: Stock Picks to Retire On, in part because of its strong dividend yield.

About Abbott

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at http://www.abbott.com.


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