BRIEF-Insurer Aviva says 9-month sales down 5 pct

LONDON Thu Nov 8, 2012 2:19am EST

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LONDON Nov 8 (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva PLC : * Says CEO recruitment process well advanced, in line with original timetable * Aviva says IGD surplus 3.7 billion stg at end October, up 0.6 billion

STG versus end June * Aviva says not yet in a position to announce further non-core disposals * Aviva confirms in talks to sell U.S. unit, says sale would be at a

discount but would generate capital surplus * Aviva says 8 smaller disposals likely in 2013 * Says trading conditions remain difficult, business volumes considerably

reduced in Spain, Italy * 9-month total worldwide sales 28.9 billion STG, down 5 percent * Says general insurance 9-month combined ratio 93 percent versus 96 percent * Sees FY performance trends in line with H1