Look out American Express, Chase and MBNA, here comes Target. Through its Target National Bank division, the retailer has issued credit cards to more than 16 million customers — going where no retailer has gone before — onto the top 10 list of the nation’s largest credit card issuers. No wonder Wal-Mart and Home Depot want to enter the banking business. No retailer has ever ranked so high on the credit card list, and no other appears to be close either. The next closest retailer on the list, Nordstrom, ranks 27th.
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