The parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the country's second-largest tobacco marketer, said in a statement that the combined market share of its four key cigarette brands -- Camel, Winston, Salem and Doral -- increased during the quarter over the same three months in 2000.
Its discount brand, Doral, however, the leader in the low-priced segment, experienced a share decline due to increased price competition from smaller cigarette manufacturers.
The company's tobacco volume also decreased for the second quarter by 2% to 24.1 billion units, in keeping with industry-wide shipment drops of 1.7%. -- Cara Beardi
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