HELSINKI Aug 13 Finnish insurance and
investment group Sampo on Wednesday upgraded the
full-year profitability outlook for its property and casualty
insurance business If due to favourable business conditions in
Sampo raised its 2014 target range for If's combined ratio,
or claims and costs in relation to earned premiums, to 88-91 pct
from its earlier guidance of 89-92 percent. Lower figure
indicates better profitability.
Sampo also reported If's second-quarter combined ratio
improved to 86.5 percent from 86.7 a year ago, but missing
analysts' average expectation of 85.6 percent. If is the biggest
property and casualty insurer in the Nordic region.
Sampo's pretax profit in the quarter improved 2 percent from
a year ago to 465 million euros ($622 million), ahead of market
consensus of 435 million euros.
(1 US dollar = 0.7479 euro)
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Sakari Suoninen)