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EXXON TO ACCEPT INTERLINK CARDS AT ITS RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDE

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Representing the largest merchant signing for the national on-line debit industry, Interlink Network announced today that Exxon Co. U.S.A., in conjunction with First USA Merchant Services, will roll out Interlink programs at its gasoline stations nationwide.
 Exxon is now accepting Interlink cards as a payment option at more than 6,000 stations across the country, and this number continues to grow. There are 10,000 Exxon-branded service stations nationwide.
 Designed as a replacement to cash and checks, Interlink cards are proprietary automated teller machine (ATM) cards with an added logo that provide electronic access to cardholders' bank accounts. Consumers can use the cards to pay for goods and services wherever the Interlink logo is accepted.
 Exxon's company-wide rollout of Interlink -- the nation's largest on-line, direct-debit network and subsidiary of Visa U.S.A. -- brings the total number of Interlink merchant locations to 20,000, double the number of locations it had at the end of last year. According to Wesley C. Tallman, president of Interlink Network, this expands the network's lead over the competition even further.
 "With this announcement, Interlink is one step closer to becoming a household name throughout the country. Millions of cardholders can now enjoy the convenience and other benefits of using Interlink each time they fill up at Exxon. It is this repeated usage of the cards that helps pave the way toward increased usage of Interlink wherever it is accepted," said Tallman.
 "We are pleased to make Interlink a payment option at our stations and to provide our customers with the increased convenience that comes from accepting alternative payment methods," said Marketing Retail Brand Support Manager William H. Cash III of Exxon.
 Tallman added that the agreement with Exxon represents an important industry milestone as well, helping to open the doors to a broad range of national merchants -- supermarkets, fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and other places where consumers shop several times a week and typically use cash and checks.
 "Signing up a national merchant with thousands of locations helps send a signal to other merchants throughout the country that on-line debit has expanded from the regional level to become truly national in scope. Merchants of all types are recognizing the importance of point- of-sale debit and are moving quickly to capitalize on this growing trend," said Tallman.
 Interlink reports that more than 18.5 million Americans currently carry Interlink cards and conduct approximately 325,000 transactions each day.
 As the largest direct-debit, point-of-sale (POS) network in the world, Interlink processes more than half of all direct-debit POS transactions conducted in the United States. Following its acquisition of Interlink Network in the fall of 1991, Visa U.S.A. expanded the program, which had been operational in five Western states, nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Debbe Stern of Interlink Network, 415-570-3510/


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