HSBC Merchant Services, a United Kingdom-based subsidiary of Atlanta-based Global Payments Inc., announced today that the BHF-BSSA Group Trade Association will refer its 7,000 small and midsize independent retailers to HSBC for their payment card processing. The British Shops & Stores Association, a 3,300-member group that merged in September with the 3,700-member British Hardware Federation to form the trade group, previously had referred its members to HSBC Merchant Services. The UK-based trade group says on its Web site that merchants using HSBC Merchant Services will get a processing rate of 1.195%. Merchants that switch to HSBC Merchant Services also receive three months of free payment terminal rental, according to the trade group.

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