Ever since the Mexican government authorized Datacredit, a credit bureau jointly owned by TRW Information Systems and Services and a Mexican entrepreneur earlier this month, rumors have been flying about a competitor's failure to gain similar approval.

TRW's major U.S. competitors, Trans Union Corp. and Equifax Inc., each have applications pending, but a number of market sources said Trans Union's application to form a credit bureau with a group of Mexican banks was rejected.

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