Atlanta (June 17, 2004) -- As a by-product of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, many companies have improved the reliability of their financial forecasting over the past year, according to the twelfth annual Book of Numbers research into finance performance from The Hackett Group, a business advisory firm.

More than two-thirds of all companies polled in the research indicated that they were confident with their financial forecasting and reporting outputs, versus a scant 9 percent of those surveyed last year.

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