Accounting firms and other businesses are getting paid more slowly for their goods and services, according to a new report.

Consulting services waited nearly 10 days longer in 2012 than in 2011 to collect money due, according to data from the financial information company Sageworks. Accounting firms and computer systems design companies waited an average of roughly five days longer. On average, private companies waited nearly four more days to get paid than in the previous year. However, Sageworks also offered an important caveat.

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