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TJX Cos. to SEC: Perfect we are not

TJX Cos. is annually a strong financial performer, but is the discount merchant perfect?

The Framingham retailer filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday that had a new name in bold capital letters at the top of the filing - The Perfect Company.

Business has been anything but perfect this year for TJX. In January, TJX, which operates the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains, revealed the largest security breach of personal data ever reported. At least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen by hackers who accessed the computer systems over a period of years. TJX has said about 75 percent of the compromised cards were expired or had data in the magnetic strip masked.

TJX spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the SEC filing was a mistake.

"The Form 8K that TJX management approved was accurate and correct," she said in a statement. "The leading financial services vendor who handled the filing of this form has admitted that the error occurred at its facility and they are looking into it. A corrected Form 8K will be filed shortly."

Three hours later, it was.

Jenn Abelson can be reached at abelson@globe.com.

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