The chief executives of the nation's fastest growing private companies have raised their sights for both revenue growth and new hiring over the next 12 months, but fewer are planning major new investments of capital, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Leaders of the country's fast-growth companies are upbeat on the economy. Eighty percent of 341 CEOs surveyed count themselves optimistic about the domestic economy's prospects over the next 12 months, while 78 percent are optimistic about the world economy, a five-year high.

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