POWER SALES RISE AT SOUTHERN CO.

POWER SALES RISE AT SOUTHERN CO.

Southern Co. said that overall kilowatt-hour electric sales rose 2.3 percent in January compared with the year-ago period.

Retail kilowatt-hour sales rose 5.3 percent during January. Residential sales were up 14.9 percent, commercial sales grew 7 percent and industrial sales declined 2.5 percent.Energy sales under long-term contracts with neighboring utilities increased 14 percent.

Southern Co. is the parent of five utilities: Alabama Power Co., Georgia Power Co., Gulf Power Co., Mississippi Power Co., and Savannah Electric & Power Co.