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U.S. soda sales decline worsened in 2013: Beverage Digest

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[March 31, 2014]  NEW YORK (Reuters)  The decline in U.S. sales of carbonated soft drinks accelerated in 2013, according to a leading beverage industry newsletter.

Total sales volume fell 3 percent in 2013 to 8.9 billion cases, the ninth straight year of decline, according to Beverage Digest. That compares with declines of 1.2 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2011.

By company, Coca-Cola Co <KO.N> and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc <DPS.N> each gained market share, according to Beverage Digest, while PepsiCo Inc's <PEP.N> lost market share.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York; editing by David Gregorio)

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