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The hard market has brought much-needed stronger results for many insurance companies, but as some lines soften, a future of sustained growth is far from certain. According to managing director of AM Best's European operations, Stuart Shipperlee, who provides an analysis on pages 36 and 37 of this supplement, underwriting shows substantial improvement - but at the same time, the underlying trends are less encouraging. The current wave of hurricanes may be an immediate concern for insurers,