Ahead of its earnings call scheduled for this Wednesday, Allstate denied growing reports in online blogs, trade journals and in the general press of its plans to reduce its distribution network by 3,000-plus independent agents.

Maryellen Thielen, senior manager of Financial Communications, Allstate Corporate Relations, told Insurance Networking News that Allstate has not set targets for agency numbers or size, but qualified its goal of seeking to work with agents who can provide “superior levels of customer service.”

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