Seattle-based Safeco Inc. reported third-quarter profits of$101.1 million, compared to a loss for the comparable year-agoperiod.

The company said it sustained $115.8 million in catastrophelosses in this year's third quarter, mostly attributable toHurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Last year's third-quarter earnings were marred by catastrophelosses of $126 million, along with some red ink from the sale ofthe company's life and investment businesses.

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