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NTT Data Corp., Orix Corp. and Softbank Corp. will jointly establish a firm next week to sell computers and office supplies on the Internet to corporate customers, top executives of the three companies announced Thursday.

The new firm, NTT Data Officemart Corp., to be founded with capital of 400 million yen, aims to respond to the growing market of electronic commerce between companies. “We open virtual malls (on the Internet) and are trying to link them to the real business in the current business year. We believe we can attain sales of more than 10 billion yen within several years,” said Tomeo Kanbayashi, president of NTT Data Corp., which will finance 51 percent of the capital of the new firm.

The new company will start selling computers, computer-related equipment and office supplies on the Internet in October after a trial service next month, and it hopes to attain sales of 200 million yen for the year ending next March.

NTT Data Corp. will offer the computer system to run the Internet shop and Orix Corp. will be responsible for collection of bills. Softbank will offer computers and related equipment to be sold on the Internet.

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