First Data Corp. is reducing its worldwide work force by 3% to 5% to restructure the company and increase efficiency after a period of acquisitions.

Although it did not make an announcement, First Data, Hackensack, N.J., confirmed it is eliminating 1,260 to 2,100 jobs from its 42,000-person work force. Among the units affected will be its card services division and its payment instruments group.

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