NC-based LendingTree reported this morning that it handled 51,182 credit card applications during the fourth quarter and closed 9.2% of the requests. The online loan referral service says its credit card activity produced revenues of $327,000 for the quarter. LendingTree closed a total of 7,264 credit card related requests during 4Q/02 for six total card issuers. Overall, during the quarter, the Company earned $5.6 million on posted revenue of $34.7 million. Revenue was up 12% over the same year ago period. LendingTree had 197 participating lenders at the end of 2002, representing an increase of 36% over last year. Loans available via the LendingTree Exchange include home mortgage, home equity, automobile, personal, debt consolidation, and credit cards. For complete details on LendingTree’s 4Q/02 results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).