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One of the biggest considerations many investors make about a stock is the company's sales trends. Keeping this idea in mind, we ran a screen.

We began by screening for "dividend champion" stocks, those listed by DRiP Investing as those that have consistently increased their dividends over the last 25 years. We also screened for those paying dividend yields above 2% and sustainable payout ratios below 50%.

We then screened for strong sales trends by comparing growth in revenue to growth in inventory over the last year. We screened for stocks with positive sales trends, with faster growth in revenue than inventory over the last year. Since inventory represents the portion of goods not yet sold, faster growth in revenue than inventory is considered an encouraging sign.

To screen for strengthening liquidity, we also only focused on those companies with inventory decreasing as a percent of current assets.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

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Do you think these stocks pay reliable dividend income? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by dividend yield.

1. Genuine Parts Company (GPC): Distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap at $9.44B. Price at $60.57. Dividend yield at 3.27%, payout ratio at 49.21%. Revenue grew by 6.96% during the most recent quarter ($3,181.29M vs. $2,974.2M year/year). Inventory grew by 1.24% during the same time period ($2,264.4M vs. $2,236.76M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 49.76% to 49.21% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

2. Diebold, Incorporated (DBD): Provides integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services primarily to the financial, commercial, government and retail markets worldwide. Market cap at $2.39B. Price at $37.96. Dividend yield at 3.00%, payout ratio at 38.70%. Revenue grew by 13.73% during the most recent quarter ($698.49M vs. $614.16M y/y). Inventory grew by 4.16% during the same time period ($493.83M vs. $474.12M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 27.55% to 26.9% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

3. Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS): Engages in the distribution of men's foot wear primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South Africa. Market cap at $258.77M. Price at $23.74. Dividend yield at 2.86%, payout ratio at 44.56%. Revenue grew by 15.59% during the most recent quarter ($75.31M vs. $65.15M y/y). Inventory grew by 0.39% during the same time period ($51.34M vs. $51.14M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 44.6% to 40.17% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

4. Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW): Manufactures a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide. Market cap at $25.07B. Price at $52.52. Dividend yield at 2.74%, payout ratio at 36.51%. Revenue grew by 6.44% during the most recent quarter ($4,547M vs. $4,272M y/y). Inventory grew by 0% during the same time period ($1,824M vs. $1,824.08M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 27.65% to 24.69% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

5. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. Market cap at $403.46B. Price at $86.28. Dividend yield at 2.64%, payout ratio at 22.71%. Revenue grew by 8.81% during the most recent quarter ($124,053M vs. $114,004M y/y). Inventory grew by -9.3% during the same time period ($14,749M vs. $16,262M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 22.58% to 19.37% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 Dividend Champions With Encouraging Inventory Trends