New York (Aug. 17, 2004) -- Despite some concerns about the economy, the chief executives of the nation’s fastest-growing companies increased their companies' revenue growth targets, along with plans for new jobs and major new investments in the second quarter, to the highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2000, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Some 76 percent of CEOs surveyed are optimistic about the economy over the next 12 months, off from 81 percent in the prior quarter, while 53 percent remain concerned about weak market demand as a possible roadblock to growth in the year ahead, according to PwCs’ second quarter survey of 364 CEOs of privately held product and service companies with revenues/sales of $5 million to $150 million.

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