US Airways announced that Merrill Lynch will purchase 19 million shares of US common stock in an underwritten public offering at $8.50 per share. Net proceeds after the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses will be approximately $155 million to be used for "general corporate purposes," US said. ML will have a 30-day option to purchase an additional 2.85 million shares to cover overallotments. The offer is expected to close Aug. 19. Trading in US shares was halted yesterday.

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