Optimism among U.S. business leaders dropped in the fourth quarter, according to a new survey by Grant Thornton, plummeting 16 percentage points to a net balance of 36 percent.

Hiring expectations in the United States declined for the first time in the past year, with a net balance of 38 percent of business leaders foreseeing an increase in hiring during the coming year, down from 42 percent the previous quarter.

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