Lincoln National topped $10 billion in individual variable annuity sales in the nine months ended Sept. 30, the most in at least six years, as rivals retreated from the contracts.

Sales surged 48% to $10.8 billion from $7.26 billion a year earlier, making Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Lincoln the second-largest seller of the products, according to data compiled by industry group Limra. Prudential Plc’s Jackson National Life was No. 1 at $15.5 billion.

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