ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The future of electronic coupon clearing was thrown into disarray with the sudden shutdown of Catalina Marketing's electronic coupon-clearing test program this month. "This is a setback for our industry," said David Sefcik, manager of corporate scanning for Giant Food, Landover, Md. "I still believe that this [electronic coupon clearing] is the direction that coupon clearing is headed, but there needs to be 100% participation on the retailer and manufacturer side for ...

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