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IFAs take 75% of CGNU&#39s business

CGNU have revealed that IFAs now account for more than three-quarters of its life and pension business in the UK.

The newly merged life office saw UK life and pension sales rose by nearly 25 per cent to £479m from £384m in the first six months of this year, in equivalent premium income terms.

The company says this reflects the strong performance since the merger.

UK sales of investment products grew to £521m from £472m with this growth reflecting sales of its Cat-standard Isas which totalled £172m.

By contrast, CGNU desc ribes its general insurance business as “disappointing”.

But worldwide new sales have risen by 18 per cent from £5.3bn to £6.1bn.

Group chief executive Bob Scott says: “This is our first opportunity to report on the performance of CGNU following the merger of CGU and Norwich Union. Our life and savings business in the UK and continental Europe made excellent progress in the half year.

“The combined group has achieved an improved competitive position in a number of its chosen markets and significant opportunities for cost savings and is in a good position to provide increased returns.”


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