National Data Corp. has signed an agreement to handle debit transactions for Florists' Transworld Delivery Association of Southfield, Mich.

It is the first national debit contract for Atlanta-based National Data, the country's fourth-largest merchant processor. The deal also represents uncharted territory for debit cards, which have been targeted to supermarkets and gas stations. The worldwide florists association processes about 18 million credit card transactions per month.

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