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DETROIT EDISON REPORTS INDUSTRIAL SALES UPTURN

 DETROIT EDISON REPORTS INDUSTRIAL SALES UPTURN
 DETROIT, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Back-to-back monthly increases in


electricity sales to Detroit Edison's industrial customers were recorded in February and March, an indication that the recession may be easing its grip on southeastern Michigan.
 Total system sales to customers in the utility's service area rose 6.7 percent in March from the same month last year to 3.39 billion kilowatthours (kWh).
 An 11.7-percent increase during the month to industrial customers -- including a 13.26-percent increase to automotive customers -- accounted for the bulk of the sales increase. Industrial sales for the month totaled 1.5 billion kWh and represented the first back-to-back monthly sales increases since October-November 1990. In February, industrial sales rose 8.3 percent from the same month last year.
 Residential customers purchased 944.58 million kWh in March, a 1.43-percent increase from last year, while sales to commercial customers rose 4.26 percent to 701.44 million kWh.
 Total sales -- including sales to other utilities -- were 3.66 billion kWh in March, compared with 3.94 billion kWh during the same month a year earlier.
 Year-to-date system sales in southeastern Michigan totaled 10.13 billion kWh, up 5.01 percent from the 9.65 billion kWh in the first quarter of 1991. Total sales for the quarter was 11.07 billion kWh, compared with 11.88 billion kWh during the first three months of 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Scott L. Simons, 313-237-8808, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
 (DTE) CO: Detroit Edison ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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