Target hopes to increase annual dividend to $3 per share by 2017

That's more than double the $1.20 rate the Minneapolis-based retailer most recently paid. Target says $3 per share is possible as long as annual earnings are at $8 per share in five years.
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That's more than double the $1.20 rate the Minneapolis-based retailer most recently paid. Target says $3 per share is possible as long as annual earnings are at $8 per share in five years.

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