With a phenomenal $15 billion in business for the third quarter, Salomon Smith Barney maintained the No. 1 slot in the manager rankings for the U.S. public and Rule 144A markets, both in quarter and year-to-date figures, according to preliminary data provided by Thomson Financial Securities Data.

With nearly $36 billion in proceeds so far this year and a 17.1% market share (22.3% for the quarter), Salomon is nearly $8 billion over where it stood last year going into the fourth quarter.

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