Diageo I want to highlight Diageo (LSE: DGE) (NYSE: DEO.US) today. This company is suffering from the same sorts of problems affecting Unilever, Tesco and British American Tobacco - namely: falling offshore earnings or management mistakes.
A backdrop of near-consistent earnings growth has enabled drinks giant Diageo to keep shareholder payouts trucking higher during the past five years, with dividends rising at a strong compound annual growth rate of 7.9% since 2010.
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Diageo's size (it's a �43bn FTSE 100 company), geographical spread (sales in over 180 countries), and 'defensive' qualities (less impacted by economic conditions than many businesses) make this a relatively steady share.