Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Aviva is delivering. For the fourth year in a row we have grown operating profit, up 11%, reflecting positive performances across Aviva’s businesses world-wide. As a result, we are increasing the interim dividend per share by 13% to 8.4p.
The benefits of our geographic and product diversity are clear and Aviva has numerous sources of growth. In the first half of 2017 we increased sales right across the group and delivered strong growth in operating profit in the UK, Europe and Aviva Investors.
We are growing and investing in the UK. We have grown top line sales and bottom line profit in UK general insurance, pensions, annuities and protection. Our digital business continues to make progress, making insurance simpler and more convenient for customers.
We are getting the basics right. Serving customers well, keeping a tight control on costs and investing in our businesses."
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