CHARGING AHEAD

The explosion of credit, debit and charge card use may be costing supermarkets unwanted transaction fees and other charges, but the cards are also spurring higher sales, in some cases to unexpectedly profitable degrees, according to retailers and wholesalers interviewed by SN.What was considered a necessary competitive evil for doing business just a short time ago -- having to accept electronic forms

The explosion of credit, debit and charge card use may be costing supermarkets unwanted transaction fees and other charges, but the cards are also spurring higher sales, in some cases to unexpectedly profitable degrees, according to retailers and wholesalers interviewed by SN.

What was considered a necessary competitive evil for doing business just a short time ago -- having to accept electronic forms of payment and their associated added charges -- is now increasingly seen as a poten

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