The loss follows a series of disposals by Aviva as part of a global restructuring exercise.
These include the sale of its US life and annuities business for £1.1bn in December – a deal which The Sunday Times claims has triggered a £3.2bn write-down in the company’s 2012 accounts.
In August last year, Aviva announced plans to cut 800 jobs in its UK operation as part of efforts to reduce total group costs by £400m.
A final decision on whether to reduce the dividend is expected to be made at a board meeting on Wednesday. Aviva will publish its full year results for 2012 on Thursday morning.