NORTHBROOK, ILL., - Lincoln Benefit Life Co., a unit of Allstate Financial Group, is adding wholesalers to increase sales of its variable life and annuity products through independent brokers-dealers.

The number of internal wholesalers, who work out of the home office, is expected to quintuple, to 40 from eight. The number of external wholesalers, who are located throughout the U.S. and work directly with field agents, will increase to 33 from 12.

Allstate Financial Group is the umbrella unit for Allstate Corp.'s life insurance, retirement, and investment product subsidiaries.

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