Nearly half, 48%, of chief financial officers and senior comptrollers expect the economy to improve over the next six months, a marked improvement from the 30% who thought so in October, a survey of 318 executives by accounting and audit firm Grant Thornton found.

Over the next six months, 54% of the CFOs expect their company’s financial prospects to improve, up from 46% who thought so in October, and 39% expect to increase their company’s headcount, up from 28%.

However, concerns are growing over inflation, as 50% say their company intends to raise prices for its goods or services, up from 31% six months earlier and 24% a year ago.

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