Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:
"In the first half we have taken a number of steps to deliver our investment thesis of cash flow and growth. These results show satisfactory progress in Aviva's turnaround.
"We have achieved profit after tax of £776 million, in contrast to the £624 million loss last year. Cash flows to the Group have increased by 30% to £573 million. Our key measure of sales - value of new business - has increased 17%, driven by the UK, France, Poland, Turkey and Asia.
"Although these results continue the positive trends of the first quarter, tackling our legacy issues will take time.
"I am committed to achieving for investors what we set out to do: turning around the company to unlock the considerable value in Aviva."
The dividend is 5.6p against 10p last year