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Swiss Re swings to 9-month loss after Hurricane Ian claims

The logo of insurance company Swiss Re is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Reinsurance company Swiss Re said on Friday that it swung to a bigger-than-expected loss in the first nine months as it absorbed claims from Hurricane Ian in Florida.

The company said that the war in Ukraine, inflation and volatile markets also damped performance during the period.

The net loss of $285 million in the period compares with a profit of $1.3 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected a loss of $130 million, according to a consensus forecast, and the company had already flagged the burden from the hurricane last week.

"The first nine months of this year were marked by a confluence of events," Chief Executive Christian Mumenthaler said.

Ian, which came ashore in Florida last month, was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States, subjecting the region to extreme winds, storm surges and torrential rain.

It cost Swiss Re around $1.3 billion, it said last week.

(Reporting by Tom SimsEditing by Paul Carrel)