May 10, 2018 / 3:34 PM / 3 months ago

Goldman Sachs, Apple to launch joint credit card - WSJ

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) are preparing to launch a joint credit card, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The Goldman Sachs company logo is seen in the company's space on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The planned card would carry the Apple Pay brand and could launch early next year, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company's logo is seen outside Austria's first Apple store, which opens on February 24, during a media preview in Vienna, Austria, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

The iPhone maker will replace its longstanding rewards-card partnership with Barclays (BARC.L), the report added.

Goldman Sachs, Apple and Barclays all declined comment.

The news comes as Apple sharpens its focus on its services business that includes the App Store, mobile payments and music streaming. The unit’s revenue grew 31 percent to more than $9 billion (6.7 billion pounds) in the three months ended March 31.

Goldman has been looking to expand its consumer banking business to offset weakness at its trading unit. Last year, the Wall Street bank’s executives laid out a goal to generate $5 billion in revenue from new sources, including consumer banking.

In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks with Goldman to offer financing to shoppers buying Apple products, including iPhones.

Reporting By Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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