With prospects for the Japanese economy still dismal after years of stagnation, JCB Co. Ltd. of Tokyo is continuing to look abroad for growth.

The credit card network and issuer managed to eke out 2.5% growth in transaction volume for its fiscal year that ended March 31, 2009 (the latest period for which full-year data is available), to about $75.5 billion. The brand achieved the growth partly by increasing its number of domestic cardholders by 2.9%, to 57.1 million, and the number abroad by 17%, to 5.5 million, a JCB spokeswoman said.

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