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DETROIT EDISON REPORTS FEBRUARY SYSTEM SALES INCREASE

 DETROIT EDISON REPORTS FEBRUARY SYSTEM SALES INCREASE
 DETROIT, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison electricity sales


to industry, which have mirrored the economic recession for the last year, jumped more than 8 percent in February, compared with the same month last year.
 It was the first year-to-year increase in the utility's industrial sales since September 1991, when a slight 0.3-percent increase was posted.
 Total system sales to customers in southeastern Michigan rose 8.7 percent over February 1991 to 3.29 billion kilowatthours (kWh).
 System sales were bolstered by a 24-percent increase to steel customers and a nearly 6-percent increase to automotive customers. Industrial sales for the month totaled 1.52 billion kWh, up 8.27 percent over last February.
 Residential customers purchased 987.12 million kWh in February, a 1.1-percent decline from last year, while sales to commercial customers rose 0.5 percent to 712.86 million kWh.
 Total sales -- including sales to other utilities -- were 3.70 billion kWh during the month, compared to 3.74 billion kWh during the same period a year earlier.
 Year-to-date sales totaled 7.4 billion kWh, compared to 7.9 billion kWh during the first two 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 Company ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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