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Record results for insurer

Friends Provident International has announced record first half sales.

The life assurance, pension and investment company made £132 million of sales in the first six months of 2011.

Friends Provident's parent company, Friends Life Goup plc, is actively trying to grow its offshore business.

Its says the good first half sales were driven by strong performances in Asia and the United Kingdom, although sales in Europe were weaker.

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