with dramatic gains in cardholders, transactions, and number of automated teller machines. The Star System network of ATMs and the Explore point of sale service expanded their presence in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, and Utah during this period, with three new members: Keycorp, U.S. Bancorp, and Western Bank. As a result, the number of network cardholders jumped by more than one million and ATMs by almost 1,300. Explore transactions climbed to 28 million, a 55% increase from the same period last year. Star System switched 77 million ATM transactions, a 21% increase. The number of merchants accepting Explore surged 68% from the third quarter of last year. Star also reported that ATMs within the network climbed to 20,800, up 25%; ATM cardholders grew to a record 88 million, and member institutions rose to 850.

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