Executives at 7-Eleven Inc. call it "the biggest thing since the Slurpee": a plan to offer financial services through Web-enabled kiosks at their convenience stores around the country.

The company already cashes checks for customers, and its management envisions a day when people who pop in for a sandwich and some chips will also be able to make a quick deposit, wire money to a relative, and buy books or music CDs from an Internet site. The idea is that convenient financial services will make the stores more of a destination and encourage more frequent traffic and bigger food purchases.

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