NU Online News Service, March 8, 2005, 3:05 p.m. EST

National Western Life Insurance Company, Austin, announced 2004 consolidated net earnings of $122.2 million on revenues of $418.7 million.[@@]

That was up from net earnings of $55.8 million on revenues of $375.1 million the year before.

The company sold $895 million in annuity contracts last year, down from a record of $1.2 billion set in 2003.