VIENNA Aug 26 Vienna Insurance Group
boosted pretax profit 41 percent in the first half to 290.9
million euros ($384 million) as premiums edged up 1 percent when
adjusted for exchange rates, emerging Europe's biggest insurer
said on Tuesday.
The company's combined ratio - a measure of profitability in
the property and accident segments - improved to 97.1 percent
from 99.8 in the year-earlier half.
Analysts polled by Reuters had on average expected
second-quarter profit before tax to more than treble to 143
million euros, bringing first-half profit before tax to 295
(1 US dollar = 0.7572 euro)
(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Mark Potter)