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Issuers in the United Kingdom have raised interest rates for purchases on at least 19 credit cards since April, and at least 14 cards have raised interest rates for cash withdrawals, according to research released this week by Moneyfacts.co.uk, a UK-based financial-advice Web site. "Until recently the credit card market has seemed to continue along as it always has," Michelle Slade, a Moneyfacts analyst, says in a statement. "However, since April we have seen a marked increase in the number [of] credit cards increasing their rates and charges." Since April, eight cards have raised fees for cash withdrawals and five cards have increased fees for balance transfers, according to Moneyfacts.

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