Aviva USA announced an operating profit of $175 million in the first half of 2012, up from $174 million in the same period of 2011.

Combined life and annuity sales grew 22 percent to $3.3 billion, up from $2.7 billion the previous year.

Chris Littlefield, president and CEO of Aviva USA, said in a press release that the first half of the year was "very good," and that the company expected the annuity and life insurance sales growth to "moderate a bit" in the second half of the year.