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A.M. Best Ships Updated Best's Underwriting Guide CD-ROM.

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OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2003

A.M. Best Co. has released new and completely revised risk classifications as part of the 2003 edition of Best's Underwriting Guide. Published since 1974, Best's Underwriting Guide offers detailed descriptions of more than 500 commercial and industrial risk classifications. This comprehensive guide allows users to quickly become familiar with every aspect of a risk and evaluate exposure in all applicable lines of insurance.

New and revised classifications are released quarterly. Updates released in the first two quarters of 2003 include:

-- Apparel Manufacturing

-- Box Manufacturing - Paperboard

-- Bus Charter Services

-- Clothing Stores

-- Credit Reporting Agencies (including Credit Bureaus)

-- Department Stores

-- Electrical Appliance Stores

-- Food Distributors

-- Health Food Stores

-- Model and Hobby Shops

-- Pet Shops

-- Stadiums, Arenas and Racetracks

-- Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

-- Tour Operators

-- Wineries

In addition, new articles on Domestic Cleaning Services, Mail Systems Management Companies, Sightseeing Operations, Riggers and Millwrights have been issued to subscribers in 2003.

The third release of Best's Underwriting Guide is planned for August and will include revisions for:

-- Acupuncturists

-- Clubs and Organizations - Nonprofit

-- Colleges and Universities

-- Fish and Seafood Freezing Operations

-- Management Consulting Firms

-- Meat Packing Plants

-- Meat Products Processing

-- Printers - Quick Printing

The third release will also include new articles on Residential Treatment Facilities and Nutritional Supply Stores.

Classifications in the CD-ROM provide risk descriptions, relevant hazards and safety measures, materials and equipment used, lines of liability to consider, special exposures, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, ISO codes and more. New and recently revised classifications also include North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

Best's Underwriting Guide is revised four times per year in print and CD-ROM. For more information, visit www.ambest.com/sales/BUG/ or call (908) 439-2200, ext. 5742.

A.M. Best Co., established in 1899, is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit A.M. Best's Web site at www.ambest.com.
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