CT-based smart card manufacturer PubliCARD, Inc. Friday reported consolidated sales of $6.3 million for the second quarter, an increase of 52% from $4.1 million in the prior year period. The company also reported a loss from continuing operations of $3.2 million in the second quarter, compared to a loss of $941,000 in 1998. During the second quarter PubliCARD introduced ‘SmartReward’, a smart card-based loyalty program designed for retailers who seek to improve customer retention and reward customer loyalty. Other recent smart card-based rollouts include: ‘PCDefender’ (computer security); ‘SmartGuardian’ (library web-filtering); ‘SmartPassky’ (Internet password management); and ‘DataFast D-101’ (hand-held remote data transfer tool). For more details on PubliCARD’s 2Q/99 visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).