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Discount retail giant Target (NYSE: TGT) and consumer goods manufacturer Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) are in an exclusive club when it comes to dividends: They have outperformed most of their peers by stringing together a long track record of steadily rising payouts, even through prior market downturns. In late February, Target announced that comparable-store sales rose 1% in the most recent quarter, after jumping 9% a year earlier. Likewise, Procter & Gamble grew organic sales by a healthy 5% year over year in the most recent quarter, thanks to solid demand for consumer staples like laundry care products.
Target (NYSE: TGT) has transformed itself over the last decade, going from a middling big-box chain to a unique omnichannel retailer with a number of competitive advantages. The company has invested in store-based fulfillment, coaxing customers into picking up their online orders, which is a more cost-effective way of fulfilling them than shipping from warehouses. Consequently, the stock has been a big winner over the last decade, but more recently it's struggled as shopping habits have shifted back to services and the company has struggled to manage its inventory.
Rising interest rates prompted many investors to rotate from dividend stocks toward higher-yielding fixed-income investments like bonds, T-bills, and CDs over the past year. Over the past two decades, a modest $3,000 investment in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE: TSM), Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), and Target (NYSE: TGT) would have blossomed into roughly $87,000, $17,000, and $23,000, respectively, if you had reinvested their dividends through a dividend reinvestment (DRIP) plan.