Keeping their companies in the black and managing expenses are the two issues most likely to keep financial executives up at night, according to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources.

When asked about their companies' top business priority for the coming year, roughly a third of 1,400 CFOs surveyed (34 percent) cited growing revenue or sales, followed by managing expenses, cited by 22 percent. Other concerns included recruiting and retaining qualified staff (17 percent); gaining competitive market share (11 percent); and strengthening internal controls and streamlining business processes, cited by 6 percent each.

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