First Data reported 13% revenue growth in the third quarter, and a doubling of earnings per share compared to last year. However the company said yesterday it is paying very close attention to consumer behavior at the point of sale during the fourth quarter and its potential impact on revenue. The Payment Services unit produced $821 million in 3Q/02 revenue, a 19% gain and a 21% gain in profits compared with 2001 pro forma profits. The Card Issuing Services division produced operating profits of $97 million, a 4% from 2001 pro forma results. However, CIS revenue was down 3% to $485 million. The Merchant Services unit, comprised primarily of First Data Merchant Services and TeleCheck, generated $703 million in revenue, a 21% gain. Profits rose 10% on a pro forma basis to $196 million. Merchant processing transactions grew 18% for the third quarter to 2.6 billion. Emerging Payments, First Data’s eONE Global business, which accounts for 2% of First Data revenue, reported $38 million in revenue for the quarter. For complete details on FDC’s third quarter results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).