Fair Isaac Corp., whose FICO score sales have slumped as banks have decreased their lending, is hoping that giving more consumers free access to their scores will encourage them to buy other products.

The Minneapolis company said last week that it is looking for more financial institutions to offer its Scores on Statements program, which lets consumers view their score once a month for free through their bank's Web site. Participating banks, which typically buy the scores regularly for their own purposes, pass them on to consumers without paying Fair Isaac any additional fees.

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