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Atlanta – Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) has joined the ranks several other major Atlanta businesses and has cut Arthur Andersen as the its independent public accountants.
Equifax said Ernst & Young LLP will replace Andersen.
To date, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., SunTrust Banks Inc., ChoicePoint, NDCHealth Corp. and Southern Co. have cut ties with Andersen. Crawford & Co. and Certegy Inc., an Equifax spin-off, have reopened bidding to other firms. The American Cancer Society and Mirant Corp. are considering dropping Andersen.

Atlanta – Southern Co. has cut Arthur Andersen LLP as its auditor and hired Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent auditor for the company.
Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) now joins Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., ChoicePoint and SunTrust Banks Inc., who have already dropped Andersen. The American Cancer Society Inc., one of the largest nonprofit organizations based in Atlanta, is also considering dropping Andersen.

Atlanta – Could Crawford & Co. do an about face and join Delta Air Lines Inc., ChoicePoint and SunTrust Banks Inc. in dropping embattled accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP?
In a release, the Atlanta-based insurance company services provider (NYSE: CRDA) revealed it has opened the door for a new independent auditor, even though its board already approved Andersen as its auditor for 2002. Andersen has been Crawford's auditor for the past 50 years.

Atlanta – Suburban Lodges of America Inc. ended 2001 in the red, unable to overcome the recession and the falloff in travel following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Atlanta-based hotel owner and franchisor (Nasdaq: SLAM) reported a net loss of $15.4 million on $75.5 million in revenue, compared with net income of $5.3 million on $75.3 million in revenue in 2000.
The results for 2001 include a $12.2 million loss on loans to HotelTools Inc., $1.5 million in charges related to the agreement to merge with Intown Suites Management Inc. and other charges.

Atlanta – After several terminal closings, jobs cuts and a divestiture, Allied Holdings ended 2001 deeper in the red.
The Decatur-based automotive logistics company (NYSE: AHI) had a net loss of $39.5 million on $896.8 million in revenue for 2001, compared with a net loss of $6.3 million on $1.1 billion in revenue for 2000.