Compliance with the Payment Card Industry data security standard is increasing in the United Kingdom, according to Logic Group Enterprises Ltd.

The London card processor said last month that 25% of U.K. merchants were adhering to the PCI requirements, up from 15% a year earlier, and 46% expect to be compliant within 12 months.

The survey of 200 U.K. merchants was conducted in October. Most (83%) said their companies were "more or significantly more" secure due to the requirements.

Eighty-eight percent said they perceived some benefit from PCI compliance, while 12% expressed doubts that the standard had helped them.

In 2005, the first time Logic Group conducted its PCI survey, 30% questioned the benefits of the standard.

Most of the respondents were retailers, and all were customers of Logic Group, which offers loyalty and card processing.

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