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ATLANTA - (10/22/04) -- Credit bureau Equifax Inc. saidthird quarter earnings rose 4% to $53.2 million, or 40 cents ashare, based on a 22% rise in the company's European operations.Third quarter revenues increased 4% to $323 million, including $3.6million from European operations. Revenue growth from the company'score North American information services unit was flat at $177million for the quarter. Through the first three quarters revenueswere up 3% to $955.5 million, while net income was up 29% to $177.2million, or $1.32 a share, due mostly to last year's $14 milliontax charge in the third quarter.

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