Third-quarter results are rolling in, and the theme remains thesame as it has been throughout the year: Catastrophe losses aredragging down profits.

Allstate Corp. says 2011third-quarter net income dropped 55 percent to $165 million onabout $1.1 billion in catastrophe losses from 23 loss events. TheNorthbrook, Ill.-based insurer posted 2010 third-quarter net incomeof $367 million, during which it took catastrophe losses of $386million.

Catastrophes during this year’s third quarter, includingHurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, contributed 16.7 points tothe company’s property-liability combined ratio of 104.8—anincrease of 8.9 points from Allstate’s combined ratio during thethird quarter a year ago.

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