In February 2006 total volume of payments through ATMs and EFTPOSs (kiosks) amounted to BYR 11.6 bln.

55 thousand local use plastic cards (or 88.7% of the issue planned for the first quarter of 2006) have been issued in January February 2006. As of March 1, 2006 total number of cards issued by Belarusbank amounted to  1 784.4 thousand.

In February 2006 total volume of payments through ATMs and EFTPOSs amounted to BYR 11.6 bln. as compared to BYR 11.9 bln. in January.

570 ATMs (excluding 46 ATMs of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus) and 392 EFTPOSs were functioning as of March 1, 2006. 10 cash advance points (in total 1128 points as of March 1, 2006), 9 public facilities payments point (in total 727 points as of March 1, 2006) were organized and 63 POS terminals installed (in total 2057 points as of March 1, 2006).

In January February 2006 the number of currency exchange points increased by 11 and amounted to 1764 as of March 1, 2006. Foreign currency purchase volume in February 2006 decreased by 0.2% and sale increased by 28.2% as compared to the similar period of the previous year.

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