Discover Financial Services, the credit card company that took $1.2 billion from the bank rescue fund, said its fiscal third-quarter profit more than tripled as it curbed overdue loans and expenses.

Net income for the quarter ended Aug. 31 rose to $577.5 million, or $1.07 a share, from $180.1 million, or 37 cents, a year earlier, the Riverwoods, Ill., company said last week. The results were buoyed by a $287 million gain on the latest installment of an antitrust settlement with Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc.

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