Washington (June 28, 2004) -- Optimism about business growth within the mid-market has rebounded "significantly" in the past year, according to the newly released Grant Thornton survey of middle-market business leaders.

Ninety-three percent of respondents said they were optimistic about the growth of their own companies, the highest level since Spring 2002. Of the 305 business owners and senior executives with companies in the $50 million-to-$2 billion range, more than half said they anticipate increases in revenues (88 percent), profitability (73 percent), and employment (52 percent) over the coming year.

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