Henri Proglio, chief executive of French state-owned utility EDF, speaks during the company's 2012 annual result presentation in Paris February 14, 2013. French utility EDF surprised markets on ... more 
Henri Proglio, chief executive of French state-owned utility EDF, speaks during the company's 2012 annual result presentation in Paris February 14, 2013. French utility EDF surprised markets on Thursday with a dividend increase and reduction in its gearing following a deal with the government on renewable subsidies. EDF will offer to pay a 1.25 euro-per-share dividend on 2012 earnings, up from 1.15 euros on 2011 earnings and higher than consensus forecasts for a flat dividend. Shareholders will be offered the chance to receive the extra 10 cents in shares. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) less 
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