Expectations were for +1%. They beat expectations last 2 months. Net sales up .8%. Year to date sss +3.1%. That's more telling. Overall sales up 55.1% ytd.
The special dividend will likely come with the earnings report like in 2010. Otherwise usually announced in September. We'll get the regular dividend in October, and then the special. I think they can hike the regular slightly. But I am fine with this arrangement. I think the special dividend will be in line with $2.25 from last year.
Love a yield of 6.8% on a still growing stock (despite the more tepid sales numbers recently).