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Ashley Furniture talking with investment banker, officials downplaying possibility of a sale

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ARCADIA — Ashley Furniture Industries has acknowledged that it’s in “exploratory” discussions with investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, but downplays the possibility of a sale.

A statement from the company says Goldman Sachs was hired to help the furniture maker evaluate a variety of investment alternatives and opportunities. But, CEO Todd Wanek added that no decisions have been made on a course of action.

Ashley had $4 billion in sales last year, which is twice that of its closest rivals, La-Z-Boy Inc. and Ethan Allen Interiors.

The company employs about 3,000 people in Arcadia. About 400 more work at a factory in Whitehall.

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