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One Big 4 firm grows client base, others lose, data says

Tammy Whitehouse | February 7, 2018

For the third straight year, one Big 4 firm has held steady or grown its number of public company audit engagements while the other three have lost ground.

A tally of data from the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of 2017 from Audit Analytics shows Deloitte grew its public company audit practice by a net 20 clients in 2017, picking up 37 new engagements but losing 17, primarily to other Big 4 firms. In 2016, Deloitte gained 28 clients and lost 27 for a net pick-up of one engagement. In 2015, the firm gained 31 clients and lost 26 for a net gain of 5 audits.

The remaining Big 4 firms have all suffered net engagement declines in the past...

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