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OSAKA — A section chief of Takashimaya Co., Ltd., a leading department store chain operator, sold data on about 500,000 customers in July 1995 to a mail list dealer in Tokyo for 500,000 yen, company sources said Friday.

The data, which has yet to be recovered, was later sold to direct mail dealers and others, the sources said. The department store dismissed the section chief, who was not named, from his position at its Osaka head office but has yet to explain the theft of the data to its customers.

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