ARLINGTON, Va. – Card transactions of $10 or less have risen by more than six times since 2000, according to, an Internet site that tracks card data. Last year, Americans racked up more than $35 billion in small ticket purchases, led by quick service restaurant card purchases. Between 2003 and 2004, small ticket sales increased nearly 50% from $23.7 billion, the site reported, adding that fast food sales in 2004 hit $22.5 billion, wherein the average ticket hovers around $11 per transaction. Credit/debit card sales of transactions $5 or less grew from $10.8 billion to $13.5 billion last year, the site said.

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