The Internet mall operator iMall Inc. announced an exclusive agreement with the credit card processor Cardservice International Inc. to support on-line commerce for Cardservice's more than 150,000 merchant customers.

The mostly small and medium-size clients of Cardservice, based in Agoura Hills, Calif., would have access to a turnkey package called Cardservice Mall Powered by iMall. Web hosting, site design and management, and other options are available.

Todd Whiton, Cardservice's senior vice president of Internet commerce, said, "Providing our merchants with the ability to securely and efficiently manage a storefront and at the same time promote that storefront to millions of potential customers will give Cardservice merchants a strategic advantage in on-line retailing."

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