An article Tuesday, "As Year 2000 Looms, Issuers Play Beat the Clock" (page 11), understated the number of cards expiring that year that MasterCard had issued in a test. Twenty-thousand sets of seven cards were issued, for a total of 140,000.

In addition, a Wednesday correction to the article was garbled. First Data Corp. plans to spend a total of $60 million to $80 million on the year-2000 problem this year and next.


Also Tuesday, some remarks in the article "After 5 Years, Gains for Poor and Blacks Slow Down" (page 1) were misattributed because a paragraph was accidentally transposed. It was Donna Wilson Castor, senior vice president at Dime Savings Bank, who said: "The new CRA regulations have made institutions focus on numbers rather than paperwork. Everyone has an incentive to go out and get loans."

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