Zurich sees signs of rating improvement across Europe

In a statement it added: "General Insurance delivered an improved top and bottom line performance over the previous year against the backdrop of a continuingly competitive market environment.

"The increase in the combined ratio of 1.3 percentage points to 94.6% reflects to a large degree a higher amount of large loss claims. "Gross written premiums and policy fees increased by 2% in local currencies (10% in dollar equivalent terms), reflecting both organic growth, as well as increased premiu