WSJ: AmEx Said To Request $3.5 Billion In U.S. Aid

12/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • ROBIN SIDEL wsj.com

American Express Co. which is being hit by slowing consumer spending and rising defaults, is seeking roughly $3.5 billion in taxpayer-funded capital from the federal government, according to people familiar with the situation.

The card issuer is the latest company not directly hit by the housing crisis to request cash from the federal government. While retailers, car companies and others hit by the slowdown in consumer spending haven't gotten the government money, financial firms of all kinds are getting federal bailouts.

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