Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SHARES in North West England-focused water provider United Utilities area buy.

On Friday, United said current trading was in line with the group's expectations, adding it would pay a final dividend of 20p to bring the full-year payment to 30p a share.

United has confirmed that it plans to increase its dividend at 2% ahead of RPI inflation until 2015.

The prospective yield at the current share price of 588p is 5.4%, rising to 5.7% next year.

The shares are an income play for anyone wanting an above-inflation return.

MEAT packer Hilton Food Group said last week that, despite challenging markets, the group was trading inline with expectations.

The company, which operates facilities across Europe, said turnover was ahead of last year.

The shares are offering good gains since they were first tipped - and the company has the assets and the strategy to continue to grow.

Given the backdrop, now looks a good time to take profits. …

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