August 24, 2012 / 7:30 AM / in 5 years

CORRECTED-Olympus sells unit ITX to fund for $676 mln

(Clarifies paragraph two to show IT firm is owned by fund)

TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Scandal-hit Olympus Corp said on Friday it would sell its mobile telecom unit ITX Corp for a total 53 billion yen ($676 million).

ITX’s core operations will be sold to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, which will operate the mobile phone retailing business through an IT services unit.

The cash-strapped camera and endoscope maker, which is in talks with Sony Corp, Fujifilm Holdings and others on a possible capital alliance, said it has yet to calculate how much profit it will gain from the sale. ($1 = 78.3800 Japanese yen) (Reporting by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Chang-Ran Kim)

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