COLUMBUS, Ga. - Sears, Roebuck and Co. has agreed to add a year to its long-term contract with Total System Services Inc., according to the Columbus, Ga., credit card processor.The contract now runs to 2010.

Total signed Sears as a client in 1998 and finished converting its 64 million retail cards to the Total platform in 1999. Total, which says it is the leading third-party retail processor, considers the extension an important vote of confidence.

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