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Target Website Crashes for Second Time in Six weeks

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Target Corp's website crashed for the second time in six weeks on Tuesday, interrupting online shopping for the discount chain.

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A company spokesman confirmed that Target.com went down at 11:50 a.m. CDT (1650 GMT).

``We are working diligently to bring the site back online and to ensure that it is operating efficiently,'' said spokesman Lee Henderson.

Shortly after 2 p.m. CDT (1950 GMT), the website was back up. It also crashed on Sept. 13, after an overwhelming rush to the website by shoppers interested in a new line of Missoni apparel and other goods.

It was not immediately clear what caused Tuesday's crash.

Minneapolis-based Target recently took over running its website from Amazon.com Inc and the Missoni launch was the first major initiative for the retailer since that change.

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Tuesday's outage comes less than two weeks after Steve Eastman, the former president of Target.com, left the company to pursue other opportunities. At the time, Target did not name a replacement.

Target shares were down 18 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $54.54 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Martinne Geller, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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