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Takefuji Corp. said Monday it may lose as much as ¥30 billion on derivatives transactions arranged by Merrill Lynch & Co., becoming the first Japanese consumer lender struck by the global credit-market rout.

The nation’s third-largest consumer credit company said it may reduce its forecast for a full-year profit of ¥43.3 billion because of the losses. That would be the second reduction in less than a month.

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