Optimism abounds among U.S. chief financial officers who expect to ramp up their hiring efforts in anticipation of continued strong demand for their companies' goods and services, according to a new survey by Grant Thornton LLP.

With the wind of a strong stock market and improving unemployment figures at their backs, 48% of CFOs are now expecting the overall U.S. economy to improve in the next six months and 54% predict sales and earnings for their individual companies will also increase over this same period.

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