A slim majority of CFOs think the state of the U.S. economy will improve rather than remain the same or worsen during the next six months, according to a new survey by Grant Thornton.

The survey found that 51% of CFOs say the state of the economy will improve or significantly improve during the next six months. This represents the first time a majority of CFOs have expressed optimism in the economy since the beginning of the 2008 recession, and the first time since 2006.

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