Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has widened its embrace of on-line debit, equipping more stores to accept NYCE Corp. automated teller machine cards.

Wal-Mart, the nation's leading retailer, has accepted NYCE and other on- line debit cards for years at certain stores but until recently had not done so in NYCE's primary markets in the Northeast. This month, it equipped 150 more stores with the necessary pinpads, bringing the number of Wal- Marts with on-line debit capabilities to 1,425, according to NYCE.

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