Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems posted record third quarter revenue of $384.8 million, a 29% increase over the year-ago quarter. Net income rose 38% to $35.9 million driven by accelerated organic growth. Transaction Services revenue increased 6% in the third quarter to $179.0 million, reversing the slightly negative growth trend of the first half of this year. Credit Services revenue rose 13% in the quarter to $137.0 million as credit sales increased 4% over 3Q/04. Marketing Services revenue increased 71% in the third quarter to $145.4 million compared to the third quarter 2004 due primarily to strong performances by Epsilon as well as the “AIR MILES” reward program. During the third quarter, ADS inked deals with CompUSA, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Carter Lumber, Gander Mountain and Gordmans. ADS increased its 2005 cash earnings per share estimate to $2.00-$2.02, versus the $1.92-$1.95 stated previously. Also, the Company is projecting 2006 revenue of $1.68 billion. For complete details on ADS’ third quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).