UK - The aggregate funding position of the 6,653 schemes in the Pension Protection Fund's 7800 index improved to a surplus of £6.6bn at the end of July.
This was an improvement from a deficit of £21.8bn at the end of June.
The lifeboat fund said this relates to a funding ratio improvement from 97.6% to 100.7% - noting total assets were £921.2bn and total liabilities were £914.5bn.
The index showed there were 4,167 schemes in deficit and 2,486 schemes in surplus.
The position has improved on the previous year, when a deficit of £108.7bn was recorded at 30 July, 2009.
The PPF said around 60% of the improvement reflected the fact that during the year the assumptions used for calculating the s179 liabilities were changed in order to mirror developments in the bulk annuity purchase market.
The aggregate deficit of all schemes in deficit at the end of July this year is estimated to have improved to £64.3bn from £81.0bn at the end of June. At the end of July last year, the equivalent figure was £138bn.
At the end of July this year, the total surpluses of schemes in surplus increased to £70.9bn from £59.2bn at the end of June. At the end of July last year, the total surplus of all schemes in surplus stood at £29.3bn.
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