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Growth in signature debit card volume in the U.S. continued to rebound in 2005, increasing 20% to $823.5 billion. Growth in the number of cards-in-force also picked up last year, growing about 16% to 265.4 million cards. This is the highest rate of growth since 2001. Compared to 2000, signature debit card volume has nearly tripled as the number of cards-in-force has nearly doubled, according to CardData (“www.carddata.com”:www.carddata.com).

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|_5. VISA & MASTERCARD SIG DEBIT HISTORICAL |
|_5. (b-billions; mm-millions) |
|_. Year | Volume | Y/Y | Cards | Y/Y |
|_. 2000: | $301.8b | +37.9% | 135.9mm | +18.2% |
|_. 2001: | $420.7b | +39.4% | 157.9mm | +16.2% |
|_. 2002: | $496.4b | +18.0% | 174.9mm | +10.8% |
|_. 2003: | $576.6b | +16.2% | 199.0mm | +13.8% |
|_. 2004: | $686.0b | +19.0% | 228.7mm | +14.9% |
|_. 2005: | $823.5b | +20.0% | 265.4mm | +16.0% |
|_5. Source: CardData (“www.carddata.com”:www.carddata.com) |

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