Ecclesiastical posts significant loss in half year results

Although gross written premiums were up £9m to £210.8m, the overall combined ratio was a disappointing 104.5% (101.2%: 2007). In addition, there was a group investment loss of £35.3m, compared to a profit of £48.1m last year.

Group chief executive, Michael Tripp, argued that the results were in a large part a result of the insurer’s drive to modernise. He also stressed that premiums were in growth, despite the results.

“Gross written premiums saw a positive growth of 4.5% in the first half o