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Audit change data shows differences at Big 4 firms

Tammy Whitehouse | February 17, 2017

For a second straight year, one Big 4 firm has managed to hold on to its public company audit client base while three others have seen net losses numbering in the 20s.

Data assembled by Audit Analytics based on public company disclosures of audit firm changes shows Deloitte has held relatively steady for the past few years. The firm has lost no more clients than it has picked up, to end both years with net increases, even if only barely. The firm lost 28 clients in 2016 but won 29 for a net increase of one public company audit. In 2015, Deloitte lost 26 clients but picked up 31 for a net gain of five audit engagements.

The rest of the Big 4, however, have been remarkably consistent...

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