Chicago (Aug. 26, 2004) -- The vast majority of U.S. senior financial executives surveyed support stock option expensing and uniform global accounting standards, according to a poll of executives at public and private companies released by Grant Thornton.

When asked if stock options should be expensed, an overall 71 percent of 101 senior financial executives at public and private companies surveyed by the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University said they should, while 29 percent said they should not. Among public company executives surveyed, 72 percent favored expensing options, while 70 percent of private company execs supported expensing.

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