This excerpt taken from the ALL 10-K filed Feb 24, 2005.
CONSOLIDATED PROPERTY-LIABILITY INSURANCE OPERATIONS
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
We have audited the consolidated financial statements of The Allstate Corporation and subsidiaries (the "Company") as of December 31, 2004 and 2003, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2004, management's assessment of the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2004, and the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2004 and have issued our report thereon dated February 24, 2005 (which report expresses an unqualified opinion and includes an explanatory paragraph relating to a change in The Allstate Corporation's method of accounting for certain nontraditional long-duration contracts and for separate accounts in 2004, its method for accounting for stock-based compensation, embedded derivatives in modified coinsurance agreements and variable interest entities in 2003 and its method of accounting for goodwill and other intangible assets in 2002); such report is included elsewhere in this Form 10-K. Our audits also included the financial statement schedules of the Company listed in the accompanying index at Item 15. These financial statement schedules are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion based on our audits. In our opinion, such financial statement schedules, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, present fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.
/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP