Big4.com Releases News Video on Key Developments of the Big Four Accounting Firms

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Weekly news video covers news, developments and management changes relating to the world’s largest accounting firms: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC.

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Each week Big4.com covers key news, events, happenings, opinions and blogs relating to all the Big Four accounting and consulting firms.

Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC announced today the release of its weekly news video.

Each week Big4.com covers key news, events, happenings, opinions and blogs relating to all the Big Four accounting and consulting firms. The video can be viewed on the Big4.com website and on Big4.com's channel on Youtube.

This week Big4.com covers the following developments:

Deloitte: Vouchers Popular Among Consumers Looking to Dine Out

Nearly two-thirds of consumers from across the UK use a voucher for quick service and casual dining, while 48% will use a voucher in a bar or pub and 50% in a fine dining establishment. This according to findings from the latest Taste of the Nation survey conducted by Deloitte and BDRC Continental.

Among 18-34 year olds, the largest market for eating out, 67% use vouchers compared to 58% of 35-54 year olds and 51% of those over 55 years. Overall, the survey found over half of consumers or 59% have used a special offer voucher when eating out.

Ernst & Young: Moderate Growth Expected for Global Auto Industry in 2012

Moderate growth is forecast for the global automotive market in 2012 in keeping with the industry’s limited expansion of around three percent in 2011. Acknowledging that 2011 was another challenging year for the industry, Jeff Henning, Global Automotive Markets Leader for Ernst & Young, noted growing confidence among automotive executives was highlighted in the firm’s Automotive Capital Confidence Barometer released late last year. Henning said executives also identified maintaining or lowering levels of debt as an important theme in 2011.

Accenture: FBI Awards IT Support Services Contract

Accenture Federal Services has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement and four task orders from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to install an enterprise resource planning system to support the FBI’s Human Resources Information System. The BPA was awarded under the General Services Administration IT schedule that provides technology support services to the FBI. The task orders will enable Accenture to oversee selection, installation, testing and support to the agency’s HR systems. Accenture is eligible to receive additional task orders under the BPA.

PwC: Survey Reveals Tough Year for Canadian IPO Market in 2011

The Canadian market for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) reached only $2 billion for 2011, its third lowest total in a decade, according to the annual PwC review of IPO activity.
Despite a mid-year growth spurt, 2011 saw the total number and value of IPOs decline compared to the previous year. The 61 new issues on all Canadian exchanges in 2011 generated just over $2 billion compared to 73 IPOs worth more than $5.5 billion in 2010.

PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC: Internal Auditors Should Reconsider their Focus to Align with CEO Business Strategies

CEOs and internal auditors share a focus on government regulation according to findings from the seventh annual global survey on the State of the Internal Audit Profession released by PwC India. Not only does overregulation rank among CEOs’ top concerns, but nearly 60 percent of internal auditors expect to increase their attention to regulatory compliance programs in their audit plans.

This year’s survey showed a disparity in focus between CEOs’ and internal auditors’ concerning risk areas such as growth and technology.

Huron Consulting Group: Appoints Clinical Solutions Leader in Healthcare Practice

Andrew Ziskind, M.D. has joined Huron Consulting Group as a managing director in its Huron Healthcare practice where he will lead the Clinical solutions service line focused on building clinical performance, physician alignment, and care continuum optimization at hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.

An interventional cardiologist with extensive clinical and administrative experience, Dr. Ziskind has developed and led innovative primary care and specialty delivery systems. During his career, Dr. Ziskind has served as vice dean for Clinical Affairs and Health System vice president at the University of Washington.

This video can be watched here on Big4's channel on Youtube.

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Big4.com is the accounting, tax, consulting and IT professions’ premier resource, and has been exclusively focused on Big Four firm professionals and alumni for 10 years, providing high quality content, connectivity and commerce. The Big Four Job Board offers fresh job opportunities – clients include the world’s leading companies. Big Four News covers key news, developments, events, survey results, press releases and appointments. The Big Four Blog provides opinion and insight on recent and key developments, news, happenings, management changes, regulations, acquisitions and capital market activities. Big4 Video is a professionally produced news covering key global developments in this space.

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