The latest survey of accountancy by the Professional Oversight Board reveals that ACCA had 137,233 members worldwide in 2009, up from 131,398 a year earlier. The ICAEW saw member numbers increase to 134,698 from 132,411.
Compound annual growth across the six main institutes was 3.4% between 2004 and 2009.
UK membership for the ICAEW grew 1.5% to 2009 (114,468) from a year earlier, while ACCA climbed 1.9% over the year to 68,907.
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