15 special dividends ranked by size

Companies rushing to pass out money ahead of tax man

1) Costco Wholesale Corp.

Total dividend amount: $3,026.97 million

Dividend amount per share: $7.00

Ex-dividend date: Dec. 6, 2012

On Nov. 28, the big box retailer announced that it would pay shareholders roughly $3 billion in dividends, with the money reportedly coming from a $3.5 billion debt offering. The company also reported November net sales of $8.15 billion, an increase of 9% over the same period last year.



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