News Review: March - Aviva up in general, down in life

Aviva posted a global operating profit of #1.79bn for 2002, on theback of lower life profits but a small increase in returns from itsgeneral book. The global profit was down against the 2001 figure of#1.98bn, but group chief executive Richard Harvey described the results as"robust".

In the non-life market, the company's worldwide combined operating ratiowas 101.4%, compared to last year's figure of 104%. Its worldwide combinedoperating ratio on continuing operations was 101.7% (2001: 103%)