CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ¿ Natural gas distributor Piedmont Natural Gas has declared a quarterly dividend of 27 cents per share.

The dividend is payable Jan. 15 to holders of record at Dec. 28.

Piedmont Natural Gas serves more than 1 million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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