Oberthur Card Systems reports that smart payment card sales increased 63.5% in the first quarter to $37.4 million, driven by EMV migration programs in the United Kingdom and Belgium, significant deliveries in France, and an exceptional renewal program of cards in Switzerland. The card manufacturer says it delivered 19.5 million smart payment cards during the quarter, versus 11.2 million the previous year. However, sales in the Other Cards segment including magnetic stripe cards, scratch cards and memory cards, totalled $20.5 million, an 11.6% decline year-on-year. Magnetic stripe cards volumes are stable with a 28% increase in the United States offsetting the EMV migration impact in Europe. The sales decrease of loyalty and scratch cards were responsible for most of the overall decline for this segment. Overall, Oberthur posted first quarter sales of $121.7 million, a 3.8% gain at constant exchange rates, or a 0.9% decline at actual rates. For complete details on Oberthur’s first quarter results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).