Western Union and Kroger Sign Money Transfer/ Money Order Agreement

Deal Extends Current Contract, Adds nearly 500 Locations

in Texas, California and Indiana

Feb 05, 2003, 00:00 ET from Western Union Financial Services, Inc.

    DENVER, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- First Data Corp. (NYSE:   FDC)
 subsidiary Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliate,
 Integrated Payment Systems, today announced that they have renewed an
 agreement to provide Western Union Money Transfer and Money Order services to
 The Kroger Co. (NYSE:   KR).
     The multi-year deal extends Western Union's existing agreement and
 includes the addition of nearly 500 Kroger locations, in Texas, California and
 Indiana, to the network of Western Union agents offering money transfer
 services.  In addition, approximately 1,000 Kroger-owned locations will begin
 offering Western Union Money Orders, expanding the suite of Western Union
 services they currently provide to their customers.
     "Supermarket networks are the backbone of our U.S. agent distribution and
 for more than a decade, Kroger has been an important member of that
 distribution network," said Mike Yerington, president, Western Union North
 America.  "Western Union and Kroger have worked together to provide consumers
 with valuable financial services and payment solutions. By continuing that
 relationship and extending it to include new locations in California, Texas
 and Indiana, Western Union continues the expansion of its agent network,
 making it easier and more convenient than ever for consumers to transfer funds
 or make payments using Western Union."
     About Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and First Data
 Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp.
 (NYSE:   FDC), is an international leader in consumer money transfer services.
 Consumers can quickly, safely and reliably pay bills and transfer money around
 the globe using the company's proprietary money transfer network.  Western
 Union and its subsidiary, Orlandi Valuta, together make up one of the world's
 largest money transfer networks with a total of approximately 151,000 Agent
 locations in more than 195 countries and territories.  Famous for its
 pioneering telegraph service, the original Western Union dates back to 1851
 and introduced electronic money transfer service in 1871. For more
 information, please visit the company's Web site at www.westernunion.com .
     First Data Corp., with global headquarters in Denver, helps power the
 global economy.  Serving approximately 3 million merchant locations, 1,400
 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data makes it easy, fast and
 secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services, using virtually
 any form of payment: credit, debit, smart card, stored-value card or check at
 the point-of-sale, over the Internet or by money transfer.  For more
 information, please visit the company's Web site at www.firstdata.com .

SOURCE Western Union Financial Services, Inc.