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Plastic welcome at post offices

The Postal Service is now accepting credit cards at 32,000 offices, making it the nation's largest retailer accepting such payment.

The post office and NationsBank of Charlotte, N.C., installed 60,000 card terminals across the country and trained 100,000 workers in using them, the agency said.In 1995 Kirkland, Wash., Littleton, Colo., and San Diego became the first cities where post offices began accepting credit cards.

For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the post office accepted 27.2 million credit card transactions totaling $1.1 billion and 2.6 million debit card transactions totaling $143 million.

Credit card payments are now accepted at nearly every post office. A few hundred small offices lack the terminals, but wiring is planned for them also.