Dutch insurer Aegon's Q2 profit rises 7 pct

Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:41am EDT

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Aug 14 (Reuters) - Dutch insurer Aegon NV reported a 7 percent rise in second-quarter profit, helped by a rise in deposits and gains in equity markets.

Underlying earnings before tax rose to 514 million euros ($686.8 million) from 481 million euros a year earlier.

Analysts polled by Reuters had on average forecast an underlying pretax profit of 505 million euros.

Gross deposits rose 3 percent to 13.0 billion euros, while the return on equity rose to 8.8 percent.

The company also announced an interim dividend of 11 cents per share. ($1 = 0.7484 Euros) (Reporting by Roshni Menon in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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