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): July 30, 2003

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

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

526 South Church Street
Charlotte, North Carolina                                        28201-1006
(Address of principal executive offices)                          (Zip Code)

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


Item 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits

      (c) Exhibits

            99 News Release dated July 30, 2003

Item 12. Results of Operations and Financial Condition

      On July 30, 2003, Duke Energy Corporation issued a news release announcing
its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003. A copy of this
news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99. The information in Exhibit 99 is
being furnished pursuant to this Item 12.


      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/ Keith G. Butler
                                          Keith G. Butler
                                          Senior Vice President and Controller

Dated: July 30, 2003

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit                       Description
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  99               News Release dated July 30, 2003