CPAs serving as chief executive officers, chief financial officers and in other financial positions are less optimistic about the U.S. economy than they were six months ago, according to the results of a semi-annual study conducted by the American Institute of CPAs.

According the AICPA's latest business and industry economic outlook survey, only 57 percent of the CPA decisionmakers have a positive outlook on the state of the economy, as opposed to 71 percent in December, when the last survey took place. However, nearly three-quarters of the of the respondents expressed continued optimism about the prospects for their own organizations -- similar to December's results.

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