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1. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

2. Target's Chairman and CEO Out in Wake of Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target's massive data breach has now cost the company's CEO his job.

Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business.

3. Trustee Not Accepting American Express -

The Shelby County Trustee isn’t accepting payments this tax season made with American Express.

Because of ongoing negotiations between a third-party vendor and American Express, the trustee’s office said it isn’t yet able to process property tax payments using American Express. The reason the trustee’s office is spreading this news is that 2013 tax bills and brochures indicated the office would be able to accept American Express in anticipation of an agreement being signed.

4. Trustee Not Accepting American Express -

The Shelby County Trustee isn’t accepting payments this tax season made with American Express.

Because of ongoing negotiations between a third-party vendor and American Express, the trustee’s office said it isn’t yet able to process property tax payments using American Express. The reason the trustee’s office is spreading this news is that 2013 tax bills and brochures indicated the office would be able to accept American Express in anticipation of an agreement being signed.

5. US Consumer Confidence Rises on Better Job Outlook -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month on a better outlook for hiring and overall growth, supporting other signs that show the economy could accelerate in 2014.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence rose to 78.1 in December, up from 72 in the previous month. November's figure was revised up from 70.4.

6. Target: 40 Million Card Accounts May be Breached -

Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.

The nation's second largest discounter said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

7. Federal Judge Approves Swipe Fee Settlement -

A U.S. federal judge has approved a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

8. MasterCard Sets New Payroll Card Standards -

MasterCard has set new standards for its payroll cards, and says it says should help employees take better advantage of its benefits.

Payroll cards, which are similar to debit cards, are a means for an employer to pay employees. They typically are used as a way to deposit paychecks for workers who do not have access to a traditional checking account.

9. Shoppers Disappoint Retailers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending.

10. Retailers Report Weak Sales Gains for November -

NEW YORK (AP) – Black Friday was no match for Sandy.

Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start to the holiday shopping season – including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving – wasn't enough to fully offset the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy earlier in the month.

11. Storm Leads Companies to Postpone Earnings Reports -

NEW YORK (AP) – A number of major U.S. companies postponed quarterly earnings reports scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East Coast and caused the first unplanned shutdown of financial markets since 2001.

12. More Retailers Object to Credit Card Settlement -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

13. Amex Paying $112.5 Million in Late-Fee Settlements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American Express Co. is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services.

14. Retail Group Opposes Card Fee Settlement -

The National Retail Federation is opposing a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

15. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

16. Wal-Mart Opposed to $6B Card Fee Settlement -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

17. MasterCard, Visa Warn of Cardholder Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard and Visa said Friday that they had notified issuers of its credit cards of a potential breach of the security of customer accounts. Visa blamed a third company for the error.

18. High Gas Prices Push Drivers to Pump Less -

Americans have pumped less gas every week for the past year.

During those 52 weeks, gasoline consumption dropped by 4.2 billion gallons, or 3 percent, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse. The decline is the longest since a 51-week period during the recession.

19. Paytopia CEO Seeks to ‘Fix’ E-Commerce -

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series on entrepreneurs in the current round of Seed Hatchery’s boot camp.

This is how it starts.

An entrepreneur like Mike Hoffmeyer has a moment when the light bulb flashes. An idea is born, and possibilities for a new way of doing something – and the itch to build a company to do that new thing – start to germinate.

20. US Service Firms Expanded in Nov. at Slower Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Service companies, which employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force, expanded at a slower pace in November and a measure of employment at those firms fell.

Separately, the government said orders to U.S. factories dropped for the second straight month.

21. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Small businesses and startups that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

22. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Small businesses and startups that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

23. MasterCard Q3 Profit Up 38 Pct as Card Use Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit soared 38 percent on a big spike in card use around the world.

24. Lawsuit Says MasterCard, Visa 'Price Fix' ATM Fees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent ATM operators are accusing MasterCard and Visa of fixing prices and forcing them to charge consumers set fees.

A lawsuit that the ATM operators filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. claims MasterCard and Visa require them to agree to contracts that prevent them from charging less when consumers use cards that can access networks other than MasterCard's and Visa's.

25. Retail Trade Group Sees Modest Holiday Sales Gain -

NEW YORK (AP) – The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects winter holiday sales to rise 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion this year.

That would be smaller than 2010's 5.2 percent increase, but it's higher than the average increase for November and December over the past 10 years.

26. Credit Card Late Payments Hit 17-Year Low in Q2 -

Credit card users are so focused on keeping their accounts in good standing that they’ve driven the rate of late payments down to its lowest level in 17 years.

The national credit card delinquency rate, or rate of payments 90 days or more past due, fell to 0.60 percent in the second quarter, down from 0.92 percent a year ago. That’s the lowest rate since 1994, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

27. Bank of America to Sell Canadian Card Business -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bank of America Corp. plans to sell its $8.6 billion credit card business in Canada to TD Bank Group and will exit its credit card businesses in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

28. Capital One to Buy HSBC US Credit Card Arm -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Capital One Financial Corp. said Wednesday that it will buy the U.S. credit card arm of Britain's HSBC for a premium of about $2.6 billion as a way to expand its domestic credit card business.

29. Thompson Dunavant to Present Compliance Program -

The news has been filled for months with stories of hack attacks on major entities around the world like Sony Corp. and even the CIA.

30. Colbert Gets Conditional OK on Campaign Finance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show's resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show's corporate owners.

31. Thompson Dunavant Official Earns Special Certification -

William Spilman, payment card industry (PCI) compliance practice leader with Thompson Dunavant PLC, has earned a specialized certification.

Spilman recently completed the education security training requirements necessary to perform a PCI compliance audit and consulting related to the protection of credit card data. He’s also received the Quality Service Assessor (QSA) designation.

32. American Express Rolling out First Prepaid Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Express is rolling out its first prepaid card aimed at the general market on Tuesday as it moves to stake a claim in the growing industry.

The announcement marks a notable departure for the company, which is known for catering to a more affluent clientele with its signature green charge cards.

33. Slow Start to Spring Projected for Retailers -

NEW YORK (AP) – A late Easter, lingering cold weather and rising gas prices are squeezing discretionary spending this spring, according to data being released Wednesday.

Figures from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse show sales growth slowed in some categories last month. But consumers spent more on clothing – and most other items from electronics to luxury goods – than they did in March 2010.

34. Judge to Hear Motions in Debit Fee Lawsuit -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge will hear motions in a bank's lawsuit against the Federal Reserve on the constitutionality of regulations limiting the fees a bank can charge retailers for debit card transactions.

35. Higher Oil Prices Hamper Fuel-Dependent Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines, cruise ship companies and other businesses that buy a lot of fuel say the sharp rise in oil prices will be a major drag on revenue this year. Here's a look at how some are responding.

36. February Retail Sales Rise in Most Categories -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales in February rose in categories ranging from clothing to furniture, despite winter storms and rising gas prices, according to data released Wednesday.

Figures released by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending in all forms including cash, show clothing sales rose 6 percent, with increases in men's, women's and teen clothing.

37. Chamber Breakfast to Help Businesses ‘Revive and Thrive’ -

Jane Applegate, the leading speaker for Bloomberg Television’s “Financial Forum” speaker series, will discuss growth strategies for small businesses at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s first Small Business Council Breakfast of 2011.

38. Wealthy Treated Themselves During the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – The rich treated themselves like royalty this holiday season. That spun the holidays into gold for Tiffany & Co. and other high-end retailers.

39. Shoppers Won't Lose Energy in 2011, Economists Say -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers' holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what's to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire.

Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It's the surest sign yet they're becoming less frugal as the economy rebounds.

40. December Increase Seals Strong Holiday for Retail -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers sealed their strongest holiday sales increase since 2006, as a robust November more than offset spending that tapered off in December.

The results reported Thursday suggest steadily improving consumer spending. For investors, whose expectations were riding high, the December figures were disappointing.

41. Spending Data Show December Sales Strong -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, extending retail sales momentum that had been building since August, according to data released Wednesday.

42. Cybercrime Keeps Businesses Attuned to IT Security -

With recent personal information heists receiving national attention, many local business owners are on high alert when it comes to cybercrime.

As Internet crime is evolving every day, so too must the security measures used in order to keep merchants and consumers safe.

43. Dec. 26 Storms Delay $1B in Retail Spending -

ATLANTA (AP) – The blizzard that swept through the Northeast on Sunday and Monday delayed $1 billion in retail spending, according to research firm ShopperTrak, but won't derail a holiday shopping season expected to be the best since 2007.

44. Where Are the Jobs? For Many Companies, Overseas -

Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring?

Actually, many American companies are – just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.

45. Holiday Shoppers Sprint to End; Retail Revenue Up -

NEW YORK (AP) – Holiday shoppers are racing to the end of the season at a more feverish pace this year, with retail revenue up 5.5 percent during the last weekend before Christmas.

The figure, released by ShopperTrak on Wednesday, is a drastic improvement from the same weekend last year, when revenue dropped 6.2 percent. The final shopping weekend last year was marred by a big East Coast snowstorm.

46. Soon the Government Check Won't be in the Mail -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Before too long, the government check will no longer be in the mail.

Officials have settled on the dates when millions of people will no longer be able to get their Social Security and other benefit checks by mail.

47. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.

Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.

48. Stores Push Gimmicks for Super Saturday -

Many stores are pushing discounts and other gimmicks for the last weekend before Christmas. Research firm ShopperTrak predicts Saturday will be the second or third busiest shopping day of the year.

49. Early Deals Draw Shoppers, Raise Retail Spirits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers spent a bit more in early November, raising retailers’ spirits about the holiday season right before it kicks into high gear.

Early discounting on everything from TVs and sweaters as well as free shipping deals helped pull in shoppers in the first two weeks of November. Consumers coming out of their shells could be a gift for an economy that has suffered from depressed spending for almost three years.

50. Americans Likely Took Retail Breather in October -

NEW YORK (AP) – After a last-minute back-to-school buying spree, Americans appeared to have taken a shopping pause in October, resulting in a mixed retail sales picture.

That lull could continue until the day after Thanksgiving, the unofficial start of the Christmas season, as shoppers wait for big bargains, many analysts say.

51. Retail Data: September Sales Edge Up -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans kept spending carefully last month, buying electronics and back-to-school clothes but holding back on luxuries.

Erratic weather and tepid economic news dampened sales, according to data released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which includes transactions in all forms, including cash.

52. Citi Selling $1.6B Consumer Finance Assets to GE -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup is selling $1.6 billion in retail sales finance assets to GE Capital as the bank continues to restructure its business to focus on core consumer banking operations.

53. DOJ Sues 3 Big Credit Card Cos, May Settle With 2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa.

54. MasterCard Sees 20 Percent Profit Growth for 2010 -

NEW YORK (AP) — MasterCard Inc. expects its net income to rise at least 20 percent this year, helped by a small boost from foreign exchange and a modest decline in expenses.

55. Pitfalls Remain With Gift Cards, Despite New Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – New federal rules for gift cards mean you have longer to use them and don't face as many costs up front. But many problems remain.

For starters, the rules that went into effect last month don't cover all gift cards. And the Americans who spend tens of billions of dollars each year on gift cards – $23.6 billion last November and December alone – still have to pay fees for not using them, and those fees aren't capped.

56. Discounts Spur Surprising Aug. Retail Sales Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) – American shoppers, taking advantage of deep discounts and tax-free holidays, opened up their wallets a little more for back-to-school spending compared with last year, giving some retailers better-than expected gains for August.

57. Retail Data: Americans Stayed Cautious in July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Worried about the stalling economic recovery, Americans remained reluctant to spend at stores in July, especially on pricier items like jewelry, though they let go of some money for travel, according to data released Wednesday.

58. Retailers' Reports Show Tepid May for Shoppers -

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans, uninspired by cool weather and feeling fresh concerns about the economy, spent with caution in May after a tepid April.

Retailers' May sales reports, released Thursday, underscore how fragile the consumer spending recovery remains.

59. Consumer Spending Down in April -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans pulled back from the malls in April, spending less in retail outlets than they did in March, figures released Thursday show.

The lull comes on the heels of three straight month-to-month gains in the retail spending figures, released by MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse.

60. Retail Data Show Consumers ‘Took a Breather’ in April -

Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

61. Factory Orders Strengthen, Home Sales Contracts Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly busy month for U.S. factories and a surge in home buying are the latest signs that the economic recovery is picking up.

Orders to U.S. factories rose 1.3 percent in March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was much better than the 0.1 percent decline analysts had expected. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, orders gained 3.1 percent, the biggest increase since August 2005.

62. MLGW Introduces New Electronic Bill Service -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will introduce a new My Account electronic bill payment service Saturday that will give residential customers additional payment options.

Payment methods for residential customers will include bank checking or savings account, Visa, MasterCard credit or debit card, Discover card and ATM debit card.

63. New Data: Most Retail Sectors Saw Gains in Feb. -

NEW YORK (AP) — Most retail sectors including electronics and luxury items saw sales gains in February, data released Wednesday show, though snowstorms that shut in shoppers also chilled sales at women's clothing stores.

64. New Report: Consumers Spent Modestly in January -

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans backed off from their holiday spending pace in January, but retail sales rose for a third month in a row compared with a year earlier, largely because of higher gas prices, according to figures released Wednesday.

65. Stores to Post Modest December Gains -

Holiday shoppers bought a little more jewelry, electronics and boots but passed by the women’s clothing racks, according to figures released Wednesday.

The latest figures from MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse also offered confirmation that shoppers were deliberate in their spending. The data service tracks all forms of payment, including cash.

66. Consumer Confidence Extends Rise in Dec. -

NEW YORK (AP) – A more upbeat outlook on jobs pushed Americans’ confidence in the economy higher in December for the second month in a row, a survey released Tuesday said.

Consumers’ expectations for the job market over the next six months reached their highest level in two years, but Americans remain gloomy about their current prospects.

67. Retailers' Stores Thinly Stocked; Profits Won't Be -

ATLANTA (AP) - Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.

Some retailers kept inventory so low they've had to bring in new merchandise to restock shelves, a rare move this soon after Christmas.

68. Web Retailers Extend Shipping Deadlines -

Retail Web sites have bumped back deadlines and offer free express shipping after weekend snowstorms kept holiday shoppers home in large areas of the East Coast.

Meanwhile, some bricks-and-mortar stores are extending early morning bargains that had been offered on Saturday through Wednesday.

69. Electronics Soar; Clothing, Luxury Stumble in Nov. -

NEW YORK (AP) - Electronics sellers and online merchants thrived in November, particularly on Black Friday, but clothing and luxury merchants struggled, according to estimates released Wednesday.

70. Late Credit Card Payments Drop Unexpectedly in Q3 -

For the first time in a decade, more people paid their credit card bills on time in the third quarter this year compared to the second quarter.

The delinquency rate on bank-issued cards such as those bearing MasterCard and Visa logos fell to 1.1 percent for the June-to-September period, from a rate of 1.17 percent in the prior three months, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

71. Citi Boosting Salaries to Offset Lower Bonuses -

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup Inc. is increasing the base salaries of many employees – reportedly by as much as 50 percent for some workers – as it restructures their compensation amid government restrictions on bonuses.

72. Q1 Credit Card Delinquency Rate Jumps 11 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) - Credit card holders who in ordinary years might have used their tax refunds to pay down their balances apparently spent the money elsewhere as the recession deepened in the first quarter.

73. Credit Card Delinquencies Decline in 4th Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are managing their credit better as the recession deepens – possibly a sign that the new era of responsibility that President Obama has been talking about is taking shape.

74. Jobless Hit with Bank Fees on Benefits -

For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there's a new twist to their financial pain: Even as they're collecting unemployment benefits, they're paying bank fees just to get access to their money.

75. After Sales, Will Shoppers Pay Full Price Again? -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are getting used to those 75 percent off sale signs, and that's bad news for merchants who worry they will also have to quickly slash prices on spring goods to attract customers.

76. Fallout Begins After Dismal Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) - The fallout from the horrific holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores expected to do the same – meaning more empty storefronts and fewer brands on store shelves.

77. Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers -

Shoppers hit the stores Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

78. Amazon Says 2008 Holiday Season was 'Best Ever' -

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that the 2008 holiday season was the online retailer's "best ever," with more than 6.3 million items ordered and 5.6 million units shipped during its peak day on Dec. 15.

79. Stores Using Survival Tactics, Look Past Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers are accelerating their use of survival tactics – slashing prices further and pulling merchandise off shelves to send to liquidators – as the number of holiday shopping days dwindles. But January and beyond look scarier for even relatively healthy merchants as the passing of the holidays give shoppers no reason at all to spend.

80. As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts -

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

81. Motel Room Raid Leads to Theft Charges -

Federal prosecutors say it is an identity theft scheme they haven’t seen.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using them.

82. Airport Motel Room Search Leads To Identity Theft Charges -

A man arrested in an Airport area motel room Dec. 1 was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on three counts of identity theft.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using the ATMs. With the information, he would then allegedly use an encoder to turn Bass Pro Shops and AMEX gift cards into bank ATM cards.

83. Identity Theft Suspect Accused In Elaborate ATM Plot -

A man arrested in an Airport area motel room Dec. 1 was indicted today by a federal grand jury on three counts of identity theft.

Gabriel Cirlan, 32, is charged with attaching his own card reader to automatic teller machines to steal bank account information and cash. The elaborate scheme also involved Cirlan allegedly hiding computer cameras near the ATMs to steal personal identification numbers from people using the ATMs. With the information, he would then allegedly use an encoder to turn Bass Pro Shops and AMEX gift cards into bank ATM cards.

84. More Americans Resume Using Old-Fashioned Cash -

NEW YORK (AP) - Cash or credit? For more Americans, who have already maxed out their credit cards or are just trying to manage their spending better in the tough economy, the answer is increasingly the old-fashioned one.

85. Delta Has Drawn $1B From Credit Line -

Delta Air Lines Inc. reported this week it has drawn $1 billion from a credit line to give it more financial flexibility as it heads toward completion of its buyout of Northwest Airlines Corp.

The Atlanta-based company, which disclosed that its liquidity declined by $600 million in July, also reported it has reached a deal to extend an agreement with one of its credit card processors.

86. Strong Debit Use Lifts Visa, MasterCard Revenues -

NEW YORK (AP) - As Americans see their home prices plunge, bills climb, and credit lines shrink, they are swiping their credit cards less and their debit cards more - and Visa and MasterCard are still raking in the fees.

87. Retailers Try to Lure Shoppers After Weak Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers opened earlier than ever on the day after Christmas on Wednesday and slashed prices with hopes of salvaging a holiday season that is falling short of already modest expectations.

88. Citigroup Suffers 57 Percent Profit Drop in Third Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup Inc. said Monday its third-quarter profit dropped 57 percent after the biggest U.S. bank took a hit of more than $3 billion in mortgage-backed security losses, leveraged debt write-downs, and fixed-income trading losses.

89. Crescent Club To Embrace Nonmembers For Charity Event -

Inspired by the MasterCard "Priceless" marketing campaign, The Crescent Club has invited its members as well as the general public to take part in a one-time charity event to benefit four local nonprofit organizations.

90. With Lower Prime Rate, Credit Card Rates Could Drop -      Credit card debt will soon get a bit easier to handle now that the Federal Reserve has lowered the benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point.
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