Bank of Korea reported that cash advances provided by domestic credit card companies grew 400% last year and overall household lending surpassed 264 trillion won (US$200.1 billion), up 24%. At year-end 2000, household lending totaled 264.1 trillion won, up 24% from 213 trillion won at the end of 1999. Household lending by banks, savings organizations, insurance and credit card companies reached 238.2 trillion won ($180.4 billion), up 24.8% from the end of last year. Credit card sales directly linked to consumption by households rose 16.9% to 25.8 trillion won ($19.5 billion). Household lending through cash service by credit card companies last year rose by 16.3 trillion won, 4.2 times of the growth in 1999 at 3.89 trillion won. For more international payment card information visit RAM Research Group ([www.ramresearch.com]).