Property-casualty insurance rates continue to fall across alllines of business, according to a survey released by the Council ofInsurance Agents & Brokers.

The Washington, D.C.-based CIAB said brokers are finding thatinsurers are "aggressively competing for new business and fightinghard to keep their renewals."

Rates declined an average of 9.7 percent across all sizeaccounts, according to the respondents. Large accounts (defined asbusiness of more than $100,000 in commission and fees) saw thesteepest decline of 12 percent. Midsize accounts (commissions andfees between $25,000 and $100,000) declined 11.4 percent, and smallaccounts (less than $25,000 in commissions and fees) experiencedthe slightest decline at less than 6 percent.

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