Desjardins and Alimentation Couche-Tard inc. sign a new Canada-wide partnership agreement for Desjardins payment solutions

    The agreement will enable Desjardins to bolster its position as leading
    supplier of payment and financing solutions

    MONTREAL, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, the largest integrated
cooperative financial group in Canada, announced the renewal of its
partnership with Alimentation Couche-Tard inc. as a supplier of Desjardins
payment solutions (debit and credit services).
    Building on the strength of their running, ten-year partnership,
Desjardins Card Services and Alimentation Couche-Tard inc. have not only
renewed their agreement for services in Québec, but also expanded it across
Canada into the areas served by Alimentation Couche-Tard inc. under the Mac's
banner, as exclusive supplier for the processing of point-of-sale
    "Now able to process both VISA(TM) and MasterCard(R) transactions,
Desjardins Card Services is a premium supplier of payment and financing
solutions and is strengthening its position as a leader in this area. Thanks
to our extensive range of services, we can meet the evolving needs of
merchants all over Canada. We are very proud to be associated with
Alimentation Couche-Tard inc. and to offer Desjardins payment solutions for
all of its stores in Canada", stated Jean Yelle, Vice-President of Desjardins
Card Services.

    About Couche-Tard

    Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is the leader in the Canadian convenience
store industry. In North America, Couche-Tard is the second largest
independent convenience store operator (whether integrated with a petroleum
company or not) in terms of number of stores. Couche-Tard currently operates a
network of 5,513 convenience stores, 3,413 of which include motor fuel
dispensing, located in nine geographic markets, including six in the United
States covering 29 states and three in Canada covering six provinces. More
than 45,000 people are employed throughout Couche-Tard's retail convenience
network and service centers.

    About Desjardins Card Services

    Desjardins Card Services is a business unit of Desjardins Group. In
addition to being the leading payment solutions provider in Québec as well as
a major player in Canada, Desjardins Card Services is recognized for the
quality of its service and offers a diverse range of products and services
that are tailored to merchants' needs, such as: loyalty programs, the Accord D
Desjardins financing program, as well as online debit and credit transaction
processing, integrated point-of-sale solutions and point-of-sale terminals.
More than 55,000 merchants throughout Canada-including more than
5,000 offering Accord D Desjardins financing-have chosen Desjardins Card
Services as their provider of point-of-sale transaction management solutions.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of more than $135 billion, as at December 31,
2006. It comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in
Québec and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000
employees and the commitment of 7,020 elected officers, Desjardins offers its
5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of
financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

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