In a further sign that the off-premises market for automated teller machines may be drying up, a large company that buys ATMs from manufacturers and sells them to retailers has run into problems repaying its suppliers, the major manufacturers NCR Corp. and Tidel Technologies Inc.

The reseller, Credit Card Center of Philadelphia, owes $42 million to NCR and $26.7 million to Tidel, and attributes its liquidity problems to its rapid growth coupled with economic problems within its merchant base. Founded in 1996 as a two-person operation, Credit Card Center now has 700 employees and earned revenues of $140 million last year. The company vows to repay the money it owes to NCR, Tidel, and others, but does not give a time frame.

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