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NATIONAL BEVERAGE REPORTS STRONGER EARNINGS FOR COOLER PERIOD

 NATIONAL BEVERAGE REPORTS STRONGER EARNINGS FOR COOLER PERIOD
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "Our 3 percent increase in sales and 10 percent increase in earnings, while other soft drink beverage companies qualify their lower results with comments of cooler temperatures...only confirms that the philosophy and systems of our company are extremely effective. Our corporate growth profile continues to out-perform the soft drink industry," stated Nick A. Caporella, chairman and chief executive officer, as National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: POPS) today posted earnings of $4.5 million, or $1.85 per share, on net sales of $102 million, compared to earnings of $4.1 million, or $1.68 per share, on net sales of $99.1 million for a 10 percent increase in earnings for the period ended Aug. 1, 1992.
 "As we continue to grow our existing brands, the company is seeking to acquire other brands and products that will complement our one of a kind growth performance," Caporella concluded.
 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 Three Months Ended
 Aug. 1, 1992 and July 27, 1991
 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 Three Months Ended
 Aug. 1, 1992 July 27, 1991
 Sales - Net $ 102,044 $ 99,091
 Income before equity in loss
 of affiliate $ 4,517 $ 4,071
 Equity in loss of affiliate (37) --
 Net Income $ 4,480 $ 4,071
 Average Shares Outstanding 2,321 2,321
 Earnings Per Common Share $ 1.85 $ 1.68
 -0- 9/16/92
 /CONTACT: Kay Sirianni of National Beverage Corp., 305-581-0922/
 (POPS) CO: National Beverage Corp. ST: Florida IN: FOD SU: ERN


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