PC Science, the reseller that went into receivership last week, has laid off 150 staff.
This leaves 30 workers to run the North Yorkshire company while a buyer is sought, the receivers, KPMG, said in a statement today.
Adverts have been placed in the national press and KPMG said it was talking to several interested parties with a view to selling the business as a going concern.
Last week, the supermarket giant Asda - a key customer of PC Science - said the reseller was to be sold this week.
According to today's statement: "Peter Terry of KPMG was unable to indicate at this stage whether a sale of the business could be achieved."
"The receivers anticipate being able to make a further announcement by the end of next week," it added.
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