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THE SOUTHERN COMPANY REPORTS EARNINGS

 ATLANTA, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following non-quarterly earnings were released today by The Southern Company (NYSE: SO):
 THE SOUTHERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
 Consolidated Condensed Income Data
 (Unaudited)
 8 months ended August 1993 1992 Pct. chg.
 Operating revenues (in millions) $ 5,758 $ 5,487 4.9
 Income before interest
 charges (in millions) 1,330 1,279 4.0
 Consolidated net
 income (in millions) 763 708 7.8
 Average number of shares of common
 stock outstanding (in millions) 318 316 0.7
 Earnings per share of common
 stock $2.40 $2.24 7.1
 Kilowatt-hour sales (millions of KWH):
 Total sales 99,137 94,575 4.8
 Total retail sales -- 80,714 76,389 5.7
 Residential 25,544 23,207 10.1
 Commercial 22,153 20,881 6.1
 Industrial 32,475 31,789 2.2
 12 mos. ended August 1993 1992(a) Pct. chg.
 Operating revenues (in millions) $ 8,344 $ 8,091 3.1
 Income before interest
 charges (in millions) 1,843 1,854 (0.6)
 Consolidated net
 income (in millions) 1,008 992 1.6
 Average number of shares of common
 stock outstanding (in millions) 317 316 0.5
 Earnings per share of common
 stock $3.18 $3.14 1.3
 Kilowatt-hour sales (millions of KWH):
 Total sales 146,547 141,635 3.5
 Total retail sales -- 117,571 112,257 4.7
 Residential 35,963 33,516 7.3
 Commercial 32,297 30,669 5.3
 Industrial 48,502 47,285 2.6
 (a) Earnings for the 12 months ended August 1992 were affected by a gain of $114 million or 36 cents per share from the settlement of a contract dispute with Gulf State Utilities Company in November 1991.
 -0- 9/23/93
 /CONTACT: David Mould of The Southern Company, 404-455-1077/
 (SO)


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