New York (March 16, 2004) -- Some 83 percent of companies participating in a survey conducted by consulting giant Accenture said they plan to increase their hiring frequency over the next three months, while 22 percent indicated they already have done so.

The poll, which surveyed 954 top-level executives across a swath of industries, found that the U.S. employment outlook ranked tops among the 10 countries surveyed, followed by Canada, Australia, Japan and the U.K. The employment outlook is the least positive in France and Spain.

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