Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. today reported total operating revenue of $6.1 billion for the first three months of 2014, up 5 percent over the same period last year and steady compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, the company said in an earnings release. The privately held insurer's first-quarter operating income of $352 million was down more than 15 percent from the same period in 2013, due primarily to winter storm claims. Nationwide paid more than $3.5 billion in auto, home, life and other claims and benefits to members and business partners during the quarter. Financial services sales increased to $5 billion during the first three months of 2014, up 12 percent over the same period in 2013. The company's financial services business generated $184 million in net operating income during the first quarter of 2014, up slightly from the same period last year. "Nationwide continued to demonstrate strong business fundamentals in the first quarter, and we were focused on responding to the needs of our members who were impacted by the severe winter weather," said CEO Steve Rasmussen.