AXA delivered another strong performance in the first half of 2017 with underlying earnings per share growth of 5%, illustrating the strength of our fundamentals and the pertinence of our strategic plan, Ambition 2020.
We maintained our discipline in writing profitable business, as emphasized by our strong NBV margin in Life & Savings and by our growth in more profitable non-motor business in P&C Commercial lines. Health and Unit-Linked businesses were particularly dynamic with topline growth of 6% and 11% respectively.
We made substantial progress in improving our technical profitability in Property & Casualty. We continued to implement our efficiency strategy across the Group and are well on track to achieve our cost savings target.
AXA’s balance sheet strength has been highlighted once more by our strong solvency II ratio at 201%.
Our teams and distributors continued their engagement and commitment to our vision to empower people to live a better life. AXA has proved once again its ability to respond to profound environmental and economic change, notably by pledging to use 100% sustainable electricity and providing better protection to independent workers in the digital sector.