FILE - This March 19, 2012 file photo shows a sign for 

FILE - This March 19, 2012 file photo shows a sign for American Express in New York. American Express says its net income rose 1 percent in the third quarter as its customers spent more money, boosting revenue for the credit card issuer. But the rate of growth in customer spending was slower than earlier this year, echoing a trend among major card issuers. The New York-based company said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 that it posted net income of $1.25 billion, or $1.09 per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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FILE - This March 19, 2012 file photo shows a sign for American Express in New York. American Express says its net income rose 1 percent in the third quarter as its customers spent more money, boosting revenue for the credit card issuer. But the rate of growth in customer spending was slower than earlier this year, echoing a trend among major card issuers. The New York-based company said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 that it posted net income of $1.25 billion, or $1.09 per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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