BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — A survey from gift card processor and issuer,Comdata Stored Value Solutions, has found that a whopping 95% ofthe 600 consumers surveyed between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5 had receivedor purchased a gift card.

The response is 25% more than what was reported in 2005, thecompany said.

Birthdays and what the company called the “Winter Holidays” arethe leading occasions for which people buy gift cards and 27% ofconsumers surveyed said they purchased their cards over theInternet. By contrast, 22% said they purchased them at a mall kioskor store.

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