BRIEF-Insurer Aviva cuts dividend to reduce debt

LONDON, March 7 Thu Mar 7, 2013 1:40am EST

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LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Aviva PLC : * Cuts total 2012 dividend to 19 pence per share from 26 pence * Reports underlying operating profit of 1.776 billion STG v 1.857 billion STG * Reports after tax loss of 3.050 billion STG reflecting 3.3 billion STG

writedown on US disposal * Reports economic capital surplus of 7.1 billion STG versus 3.6 billion STG * Says rebased dividend to reduce leverage * Says directors to get no bonuses for 2012 or pay rises for 2013

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