Europay International, the European bankcollective closely associated with MasterCard International, said its members issued a record 35 million new cards last year, bringing the total to 213 million.

As cards bearing the Eurocard-MasterCard, Maestro, Eurocheque, and Cirrus brand names were increasing 20%, transactions rose by 17%, to 7.9 billion, and transaction volume by 14%, to 708 billion euro, or $758 billion.

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