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Profits increase at Standard Life
Standard Life branded flags flying in Edinburgh
The results were better than market expectations
Insurance group Standard Life has reported a 32% rise in annual profits, despite a 249m hit as more customers cashed in their policies early.

Reporting its results for 2007, the Edinburgh-based company made a pre-tax profit of 714m, up from 2006's 540m.

Standard Life added that contribution from new business jumped 68% to 345m.

Chief executive Sandy Crombie said the figures represented a "very strong set of results" for the firm's first full-year as a listed company.

Standard Life said its embedded value figure - a closely watched industry measure of expected future profits - increased by 11.5% to 881m.

The results were ahead of market expectations.

Last year Standard Life failed in an attempt to buy fellow insurer Resolution, losing out to rival Pearl Assurance.

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