North American Life Insurance Activity Up 1.1% in August : MIB

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(Westwood, Mass. � September 16, 2004) Applications for life insurance in North America rose +1.1% in August year-over-year marking the largest one-month, year-over-year growth in all of 2004. Year-to-date activity for the U.S. and Canada is off -1.1% versus 2003 in what, so far, has been a relatively stable year.

For the U.S., the August, U.S. MIB Life Indexsm shows a +1.0% increase in application activity year-over-year, with year-to-date levels remaining negative at -1.2%. Growth year-over-year was observed across all three age groups: +0.7% for 0-44, +1.0% for 45-59 and +2.5% in the 60+ age group; a reversal from the last two months of prior declines.

Canadian application activity increased +1.8% year-over-year, with year-to-date activity statistically flat at -0.1%. Consistent with the U.S., all three age groups showed year-over-year growth: +1.8% for 0-44, +1.9% for 45-59 and +1.2% in the 60+ age group; marking its eighth consecutive monthly increase in 2004

  Monthly Percent Change vs 2003
US Canada Total
August 2004 +1.0% +1.8% +1.1%
July 2004 -2.2% -3.6% -2.3%
YTD 2004 -1.2% -0.1% -1.1%

  Monthly Percent Change vs Previous Month
US Canada Total
August 2004 +3.2% -2.0% +2.6%

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