Some of the Target gift cards that were sold during the Holiday season have problems

Some of the Target gift cards that were sold during the Holiday season have problemsTarget Corp, said Tuesday that some of the gift cards it sold over the holiday season were not activated properly.

Molly Snyder, Target's spokeswoman said in an email "We are aware that some Target gift cards were not fully activated and apologize for the inconvenience."

On Tuesday, the nation's second-largest discount retailer said that an unknown number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated. The Minneapolis chain mentioned that the number of cards which were affected accounted for less than 0.1 percent of the total sold and that it will honour the affected cards.

This problem arises in less than two weeks after Target announced it was hit by a massive data security breach which affected about 40 million debit and credit card holders who shopped at its stores between November 27 and December 15.

However it also said, the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type into keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted, and that this strongly reduces risk to customers.

Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisors said, "It's another black eye that makes you question the internal operating procedures of Target." said. "Target needs to be doing everything perfectly. It can't afford to lose any more confidence among its guests."