Imperial Tobacco has increased its share of the cigarette market in the UK and integration of Reemtsma in Germany - the maker of Peter Stuyvesant - it bought for £4bn in May was on track.

For the year to September 28, the UK-based manufacturer of Embassy, West and Davidoff and Lambert & Butler cigarettes posted a pre-tax profit of £423m compared to £494m last year. Sales jumped to £8.3bn from £5.9bn in 2001.

Imperial which also owns the Dutch Van Nelle hand-rolling tobacco business and Rizla cigarette papers, said the group's cigarette market share in the UK rose to 42.9% from 39.7%. And was driven by its Lambert & Butler and Richmond cigarettes, plus taking over the UK distribution of Philip Morris's Marlboro brands in September 2001.