Aug 14 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
($1 = 0.7484 Euros)
(Reporting by Roshni Menon in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar