UNITED STATES
                              WASHINGTON, DC 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                                 Date of report
                (Date of earliest event reported): August 3, 2005

                             DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

         NORTH CAROLINA                 1-4928                  56-0205520
  (State or Other Jurisdiction    (Commission File No.)       (IRS Employer
       of Incorporation)                                   Identification No.)

                 526 South Church Street                       28202-1803
                Charlotte, North Carolina                      (Zip Code)
        (Address of principal executive offices)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 704-594-6200


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

     On August 3, 2005, Duke Energy Corporation issued a news release announcing
its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005. A copy of this
news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. The information in Exhibit 99.1
is being furnished pursuant to this Item 2.02.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

      (c) Exhibits

         99.1   News Release dated August 3, 2005


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                              DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION

                                              By: /s/ Steven K. Young
                                                  Steven K. Young
                                                  Vice President and Controller

Dated: August 3, 2005

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit             Description
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  99.1              News Release dated August 3, 2005