Royal & Sun Alliance subject of takeover speculation

Royal & Sun Alliance once again became the subject of takeover speculation in March, a month in which it published pre-tax profits of £865m (2004: £38m) and an improvement of 2% in the core group combined ratio to 94.1%. The insurer has consistently been linked with bid approaches in recent years, with suitors such as Axa and Zurich mentioned by analysts. RSA had a stable year in 2005 and its new UK chief executive, Bridget McIntyre said she was pleased with how personal motor and household