A slim majority of CFOs think the state of the U.S. economy will improve rather than remain the same or worsen during the next six months, according to a new survey by Grant Thornton.

The survey found that 51 percent of CFOs say the state of the economy will improve or significantly improve during the next six months. This represents the first time a majority of CFOs have expressed optimism in the economy since the beginning of the 2008 recession, and the first time since 2006.

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