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Leggett & Platt declares Q3 dividend 6.3%

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Aug '06
-- 3Q dividend is $.17 per share, 6.3 percent higher than the $.16 dividend of 3Q 2005.
-- Dividend yield is currently 2.9 percent.
-- Leggett possesses the second-best dividend growth record among the Fortune 500.
-- 35 consecutive annual dividend increases, averaging 14 percent compound annual growth.

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.17 per share today. This is a 6.3 percent increase over last year's third quarter dividend of $.16 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 13, 2006 to shareholders of record on September 15, 2006.

The company's dividends have increased annually for 35 consecutive years, at an average compound growth rate of 14 percent. Leggett knows of only one other Fortune 500 company with as long a string of consecutive annual increases at as high a compound growth rate.

Leggett's third quarter results will be released after the market closes on Thursday, October 19, 2006. There will be a conference call at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Friday, October 20.

Leggett & Platt is North America's leading independent manufacturer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) retail store fixtures and point of purchase displays; c) components for office furniture; d) non-automotive aluminum die castings; e) drawn steel wire; f) automotive seat supportand lumbar systems; g) carpet underlay; h) adjustable beds; and i) bedding industry machinery for wire forming, sewing and quilting. Primary raw materials include steel and aluminum. Main operations include metal stamping, forming, casting, machining, coating, welding, wire drawing, and assembly.

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