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Britannic profits edge up to £41m

Britannic Group has recorded profits of £41m before tax for the first half of 2004, up by 6 per cent from £38m in the same period in 2003. Continued focus on capital management has resulted in £374m in capital resources, an increase from £331m in 2003. In excess of £170bn of assets already reside in closed funds. Britannic group CEO Paul Thompson says the management team has been actively pursuing a number of closed life fund acquisition opportunities in the UK.

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