Imported contacts cannot be saved to disk or synced to cloud

I imported some 700 contact .vcf files (from MS Outlook 2007 on my PC) into my contact app by dragging from a folder into the app. The contacts displayed neatly but when I closed and reopened the app, they dissappeared.
Then I tried to split the files into several groups and imported them sequentally. Again they all neatly displayed after importing but after closing and reopening only some 350 contacts reappeared.
I deleted the contact.plist file ond reimported several times without succes.
I repeated this process with icloud contact syncing enabled and disabled (locally). No success.
Any ideas much appreciated.
THX
Daniel

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