While fewer chief executives of America's fastest growing companies are optimistic about the U.S. economy's prospects over the next 12 months, they continue to predict a healthy increase in their own company's revenue growth over the next year, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The number of CEOs who remained positive about the U.S. economy's prospects for the next twelve months fell to 70 percent, off from 76 percent in the second quarter and down from a high of 84 percent in the fourth quarter of 2003, according to the latest Trendsetter Barometer, which surveyed the CEOs of 355 privately held product and service companies ranging from approximately $5 million to $150 million in revenue/sales. Uncertainty rose to 28 percent, while pessimism was virtually absent at 2 percent.

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