Though payment card volume at many merchants is still down from a year earlier, a new report from Capital Access Network showed that the decline is slowing — and that spending at high-end restaurants is even increasing.

The New York company said Monday that credit and signature debit spending at small and midsize merchants in the second quarter was down 5.6% from a year earlier; the first-quarter figures were down 9.16% year over year, and spending in last year's second quarter was down 14.8% from a year earlier.

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