Big4.com Finds That PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC Maintains Leadership Position Among Big Four Firms In 2012

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PwC revenues rose 7.8% in 2012, enough to maintain its leadership as the largest accounting firm on the planet

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PwC maintained this top honor by beating Deloitte, who reported FY 2012 revenues of $31.3 billion, thus falling short of PwC by a slim $200 million, after being ahead in 2010 by an extraordinarily slim margin of just $9 million.

Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC noted that the Big Four Accounting Firm PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC’s FY 2012 global revenues for the year ending June 30, 2012 was USS$31.510 billion, a 7.8% increase from the US$29.223 billion in FY 2011 in US dollar terms. However, on local currency terms FY 2012 revenues were actually higher than FY 2011 by 8.0%. This highly commendable performance helped the firm regain its top ranking as the largest accounting firm on the planet. PwC maintained this top honor by beating Deloitte, who reported FY 2012 revenues of $31.3 billion, thus falling short of PwC by a slim $200 million, after being ahead in 2010 by an extraordinarily slim margin of just $9 million.

In terms of service lines, 2012 Assurance revenues was up 3.4% in local currency terms to $14.864 billion, but in terms of US dollars, revenues increased slower at 3.3% from $14.393 billion in 2011. PwC noted excellent performance in its signature Assurance practice, the largest in the world, despite the maturity of the business and the globally competitive market for audit services and downward pressure on pricing.

Tax services increased 7.9% in local currency terms to $7.944 billion, and 7.8% in US dollar terms from $7.372 billion in 2011. PwC noted that this growth was driven by increasing demand from clients for advice to deal with the risks and challenges of tax compliance, tax revenue examinations and tax accounting. Further, PwC Tax advised clients of tax consequences and risks as companies actively transform their business operations to deal with globalization and changing supply chains.

Advisory services for PwC was the top service line as revenues increased by 16.9% in local currency terms to $8.702 billion, and 16.7% in US dollar terms from $7.458 billion in 2011. PwC indicated outstanding performance from the consulting businesses, due to higher sales in consulting services as clients recognized PwC’s ability to deliver transformational change across the spectrum of consulting from strategy to execution.

In terms of geographies, Asia and Australasia 2012 combined revenues rose to $5.4 billion from $5.1 billion in 2011. This was a growth for Asia in local currency of 7.9% and 8.8% in US dollar terms; and correspondingly for Australasia a decrease of 5.0% in local currency, and a small increase of 0.2% in US dollar terms. PwC firms revenues in Australia and the Pacific were down by 5% due to an exceptional item in FY2011 which significantly boosted revenue growth last year. Without this exceptional item, revenues from Australia and the Pacific continued to grow steadily, up 3%.
Americas turned in an excellent performance, with 2012 revenues at $12.224 billion, up 13.4% in local currency terms and 12.8% in US dollar terms from $10.836 billion in 2011.

Europe, Middle East and Africa combined revenues in 2012 of $13.877 billion, rose a solid 5.4% in local currency terms and 4.4% in US dollar terms from $13.283 billion in 2011. Western Europe revenues increased 4.4% in local currency terms and 4.0% in US dollar terms from $11.518 billion in 2011 to $11.984 billion in 2012. Central and Eastern European revenue increased 8.3% in local currency terms and 4.8% in US dollar terms from $0.778 billion in 2011 to $0.816 billion in 2012.

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