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NATIONAL BEVERAGE CONTINUES TO SET RECORD EARNINGS

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: POPS) today reported a 12 percent increase in second quarter operating earnings. Net income for the second quarter ended Oct. 31, 1992, was $1.81 million, or $.70 per share, on net sales of $85.3 million, compared to $1.64 million, or $.63 per share, on net sales of $83.4 million last year.
 With sales up 2 percent, net income for the six months increased by 10 percent to $6.29 million, or $2.55 per share, on net sales of $187.6 million, compared to $5.71 million, or $2.30 per share, on net sales of $184.0 million for the same period last year.
 "Our company continues to out perform the industry and set sales and earnings records for the first two quarters of FY 93," stated Nick A. Caporella, chairman and chief executive officer, "and has expanded its search to acquire other brands and products that complement our long term growth profile."
 National Beverage serves as a holding company for various operating subsidiaries that manufacture, market and distribute its full line of cola and multi-flavored branded soft drinks and bottled water: Shasta(R), Faygo(R), Body Works(R), a Sante(R), and Spree(R). The company's subsidiaries, through their 12 strategically located manufacturing facilities, also bottle soft drinks for retail grocery chains, wholesalers and other soft drink companies.
 NATIONAL BEVERAGE CORP.
 Consolidated Results for the Periods Ended
 Oct. 31, 1992 and Oct. 26, 1991
 (In thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 Oct. 31, Oct. 26, Oct. 31, Oct. 26,
 1992 1991 1992 1991
 Sales - Net $85,311 $83,367 $187,586 $184,025
 Income before
 equity in loss
 of affiliate $ 1,842 $ 1,641 $ 6,359 $ 5,712
 Equity in loss
 of affiliate 31 -- 68 --
 Net income $ 1,811 $ 1,641 $ 6,291 $ 5,712
 Average shares
 outstanding 2,321 2,321 2,321 2,321
 Earnings per
 common share $ .70 $ .63 $ 2.55 $ 2.30
 -0- 12/16/92
 /CONTACT: Debra Arsenault of National Beverage Corp., 305-581-0922/
 (POPS)


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