An article Monday, "For Subprime Lenders' Stock, the Damage May be Permanent" (page 41), erred in attributing Olympic Financial Ltd.'s loss to a special charge to correct accounting irregularities. The loss had two causes: a $63.9 million charge due to a change in accounting estimates for repossessed inventory; and a one-time $15.8 million charge for early retirement of $145 million of senior notes.

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An article Wednesday, "Media Avalanche of Horror Stories Hits MasterCard, Visa Debit Cards" (page 1), erred in describing the policies of rental car agencies on Visa Check and MasterMoney cards. They are accepted for payment but not as evidence of qualification to rent.

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