INTEREST IN THE CARDS RISE

There's no turning back now. Transaction fees may be on the rise. Processing costs may be higher than with cash. And the benefits in terms of higher average sales may be hard to prove.But credit and debit card use in supermarkets is soaring, with retailers rolling out new programs to offer customers the convenience of paying by plastic.Although accepting credit and debit cards has not increased store

There's no turning back now. Transaction fees may be on the rise. Processing costs may be higher than with cash. And the benefits in terms of higher average sales may be hard to prove.

But credit and debit card use in supermarkets is soaring, with retailers rolling out new programs to offer customers the convenience of paying by plastic.

Although accepting credit and debit cards has not increased store profits, most retailers said, it provides a valuable customer service. For

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