Zurich Insurance Group AG, Switzerland’s largest insurer, is shrinking office space at a key unit and will ask staff to share desks to help reverse a drop in earnings.

The steps are needed to help the firm lower the combined ratio, or losses and operating expenses as a proportion of premiums, by 2 to 3 percentage points by the end of 2016, said Mike Kerner, who heads the general insurance unit. The ratio, a key performance indicator, was 97.3 percent last year.

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