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Premiums written by the U.S. excess and surplus lines market fell nearly 5 percent to $11.5 billion in the first-half of 2010, according to a report prepared by Highline Data exclusively for National Underwriter.

According to Highline Data–a data affiliate of The National Underwriter Company–comparable premiums for the U.S. E&S market totaled $12.1 billion for the first six months of 2009.

The single-digit premium decline was slightly less than the 7.5 percent full-year drop for E&S carriers reported for 2009.

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