The figures, which represent a 35 per cent improvement on last year, come despite bad debt charges totalling $4 billion from the bank's Barclaycard and unsecured loans businesses.
A breakdown of the figures reveals that one area that showed particular improvement was Barclays Capital whose investment banking department surged by 55 per cent to $4 billion.
Barclays Global Investors also saw profits rise by 32 per cent to $1.4 billion.
Commenting on the figures to Reuters, financial analyst Antony Broadbent, said: "It was a pretty strong operating performance taken as a whole - the UK banking numbers were good and the rise of the Barclays Capital and BGI empire continues,"
The improvements in Barclays' global investments division come at a time when the bank has announced plans to expand its overseas retail banking presence by opening 350 outlets this year.