Credit and debit card spending up at restaurants

Card transactions also rose in November, but average checks fell

The holiday season got off to a healthy start last month as credit and debit card usage and spending increased at restaurants, according to payment processor First Data.

According to payment card data tracked by First Data, whose U.S. headquarters is in Atlanta, the restaurant industry logged a 6.2-percent increase in year-over-year dollar volume growth in November.

The number of credit and debit card transactions also grew in November, with the restaurant indust

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