| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Feb 26 Target Corp's net
profit almost halved in the holiday quarter as the third-largest
U.S. retailer dealt with the fallout of a massive data breach
and warned that costs related to the event could hurt future
Target said it has not been able to estimate future expenses
related to the data breach.
Wednesday marks the first time Target faces Wall Street
since the breach, which led to the theft of about 40 million
credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with
information such as addresses and phone numbers of shoppers
"These costs may have a material adverse effect on Target's
results" in the current quarter, the year and future periods, it
warned investors on Wednesay.
Net earnings fell to $520 million, or 81 cents a share in
the three months that ended on Feb 1, from $961 million, or
$1.47 a share, a year earlier.