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Gjensidige Q3 pretax profit above forecast

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 01:00am EDT 

Oct 26 (Reuters) - Gjensidige Forsikring Asa :Gjensidige q3 pretax profit nok ‍1.72 bln (Reuters poll nok 1.52 billion).Gjensidige q3 combined ratio ‍81.0​ percent (Reuters poll 84.4 percent).Says large losses were lower than in the third quarter 2016, below the level that is normally expected.The Board remains confident in Gjensidige’s ability to deliver solid earnings and dividend growth over time .Strong underwriting profitability is expected to offset a challenging environment as regards achieving investment returns.Repeats guidance for combined ratio.Says the macroeconomic situation is improving, and the outlook for the Norwegian and Nordic general insurance operations is regarded as good.Says new, profitable opportunities for growth will be considered in the Nordic region and the Baltic states in order to ensure good utilisation of a scalable business model and best practice. 

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