Sunday, March 12, 2006

Further Wave of Consolidation in Credit Card Industry Worries Retailers (

One of the largest credit-card issuers is getting even larger and draws more attention to anticompetitive attrition within the credit-card industry.

The Wall Street Journal's online edition late Sunday reported that Capital One is preparing to acquire the regional bank holding company, North Fork Bancorp for about $14.5 Billion. WSJ reporters, Dennis Berman and Robin Sidel wrote that this brings "the large credit-card issuer deeper into the banking business."

With a further consolidation in the banking and credit card industry, anticipates that there will be a further reduction of competition and as a result, the possibility of higher interchange fees.

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[source:, reporting on the WSJ news alert]