Tradition dictates that my final column of the year reflect on the events that affected the accounting profession. Given what happened over the course of 2006, that would probably extend far beyond the space that I'm allotted here. But if pressed to render a verdict as to whether the profession was better off as it exited 2006, I'd unhesitatingly vote in the affirmative.As wine enthusiasts are often fond of exclaiming, it was a good year. Not that any of our readers - or anyone in the profession, for that matter - would likely confuse the profession's current climate with that of, say, 2001.

The profession saw fairly robust growth in 2005, as evidenced by our annual survey of the Top 100 Firms, which reported a 15 percent growth spurt for the members of our century club. According to early projections, 2006 revenues appear to be headed in the same positive direction.

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