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NEW YORK -- Debit cards inspire a range of reaction from retailers -- from enthusiastic support to grudging acceptance.Whether positive or negative, feelings are likely to intensify as more states move to issue benefits electronically, raising the pressure for supermarkets to accept electronic payment options at the front end. Some retailers hope simplified processing of such benefits will offset

NEW YORK -- Debit cards inspire a range of reaction from retailers -- from enthusiastic support to grudging acceptance.

Whether positive or negative, feelings are likely to intensify as more states move to issue benefits electronically, raising the pressure for supermarkets to accept electronic payment options at the front end. Some retailers hope simplified processing of such benefits will offset transaction costs associated with electronic payment options.

"The current inter

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