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Conn’s says it may sell itself

by Associated Press

THE WOODLANDS— Conn’s Inc. said Monday that it is considering selling the appliance and home furnishings company as it explores strategic alternatives to boost shareholder value.

Other options include separating its retail and credit business or slowing store openings, the retailer said.

Conn’s, based in The Woodlands, Texas, sells couches, TVs, refrigerators and other items at its 86 stores around the country. It also provides credit to customers who need it to purchase items.

Shares of Conn’s jumped $1.06, or 3.2 percent, to $34 in morning trading Monday. As of Friday’s closing price, its shares are down 41 percent from a year ago.

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