Aviva Confident on Earnings Growth Commitments
Aviva Plc, Britain’s second-largest insurer, reported a 13 percent gain in first-half profit and increased its dividend on growth at its life business. Operating profit climbed to 1.33 billion pounds ($1.77 billion) in the six months through June and the company increased the interim dividend by 10 percent to 7.42 pence a share, Aviva said in a statement on Thursday. The earnings compare with a 1.31-billion pound average estimate of 21 analysts compiled by Aviva. “Aviva’s strong financial position and diversity mean we are well insulated from external events ,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson said in the statement. Wilson discussed business with Bloomberg's Anna Edwards and Manus Cranny on "Countdown."