Equifax Inc., continuing to diversify from traditional credit reporting, has signed a letter of intent to acquire FBS Software, a leading provider of mainframe-based systems to credit card banks in the United States and several other countries.

The deal, which the companies expect to complete by the end of this month, will deepen Equifax's penetration in credit cards. The Atlanta company's services now range from full-service processing for community banks and credit unions to marketing support and collections.

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