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Sri Lanka's ABC Group says it has issued more than 10,000 tri-lingual credit cards in the country since November 2006, the company says in a statement. "The tri-lingual card enables customers to apply for the card in three languages, including Sinhalese, Tamil and English, which are all major languages on the island," an ABC spokesperson tells CardLine Global. "This enables customers in the rural areas of the island to apply for the card in their local language." ABC says rural consumers are beginning to overcome their fear of using plastic payment cards. ABC says cardholders conduct total transactions worth an average of 10 million rupees (US$92,894) per month. Inflation has forced many cardholders to use credit more often, the spokesperson says.

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