Nordstrom Inc. buried a hatchet last week by announcing it will issue Visa cards.

For more than a decade, Nordstrom had been one of the retailing industry's harshest critics of bank credit cards. Although there was never any love lost between the merchants and bankers who compete for consumer credit, Nordstrom was especially militant. Its objections to Visa's pricing escalated into a lawsuit 10 years ago.

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