SAN FRANCISCO - Visa's payment volume in the United States jumped in the third quarter to $74.7 billion from $58.3 billion in the comparable 1993 program.

The growth rate was 28.2% topping 20% for the fifth consecutive quarter.

U.S. cards in circulation also rose at a rapid 21.3% pace, reaching 196.5 Million on Sept. 30. That represents 53.4% of the global Visa total of 368 million.

"During the past quarter, Visa member financial institutions demonstrated their marketing expertise in a competitive market both by retaining and attracting customers," said Carl F. Pascarel-la, president and chief executive officer of Visa U.S.A. We're encouraged that U.S. consumers have recognized the value of bank cards more than ever in today's in improved economy.

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