Visa U.S.A.'S brand of off-line debit card continued to make strides last week as one regional banking company introduced the product and another expanded issuance to two more states.

A "Checkcard" was unveiled in several southeastern states by First Union Corp. on Wednesday. On Friday, First Interstate Bancorp began offering a "Gold Bancard" -- billed as "the card that works like a check" -- to customers in Washington and Alaska.

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