C0-based Western Union reported that revenue for the first quarter rose 8% to $1.1 billion. However, growth in the first quarter was slightly slower than expected as a result of the ongoing challenges within the U.S. domestic, Mexico and U.S. outbound markets as well as lower revenue from the company’s Internet service in the U.S., where Western Union and card issuing banks implemented additional controls to help protect themselves and consumers from credit and debit card fraud. In the first quarter, total consumer-to-consumer revenue grew 8% to $926 million on transaction growth of 14%. Within this segment, the international business continued to deliver strong results including transaction growth of 21% and revenue growth of 15%. Two key markets, India and China, continue their robust growth. China posted transaction growth in excess of 25%, while India transactions increased approximately 95% from a year ago. For complete details on Western Union’s first quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).