Posted at: 01/10/2014 9:03 AM
By: Associated Press
Target says that personal information including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses was stolen from as many as 70-million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.
The chain also cut its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast and outlook for a key sales barometer.
Target had announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between November 27 and December 15 - just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.
The retailer said Friday that the personal information stolen is not a new breach, but was discovered during its ongoing investigation.
Target Corp.'s stock fell in Friday premarket trading.