The downward spiral of commercial insurance rates showed signs of bottoming out last month with a 14 percent composite decrease–one point less than in January and two below December 2007.

“Premium reductions are strongest in the service contractor industry group,” said Richard Kerr, founder and chief executive officer of MarketScout, a Dallas-based online insurance exchange that produces the monthly barometer. “General liability coverage for a service contractor with total premiums of $25,000 to $100,000 is the most price-competitive segment of the U.S. [property-casualty] markets.”

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