Star System Inc. reported a 72% increase in point of sale transactions last year, to 405 million.

The jump helped fuel Star's total growth in transactions to 728 million, a 30% rise.

Retail merchants accepting Star cards jumped by 45%, to 65,000.

In 1997, Star, the leading regional electronic banking network in terms of POS transactions, consolidated its two brands-Star for automated teller machines and Explore for POS terminals-under the Star name.

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