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PwC vows to hold top spot

PricewaterhouseCoopers becomes the first UK firm to achieve a turnover of more than £2bn in a year this week

PricewaterhouseCoopers
became the first UK firm to achieve a turnover of more than £2bn in a year this
week, while announcing lacklustre results.

PricewaterhouseCoopers failed to grow as strongly as its biggest rival
Deloitte in 2007, with chairman Kieran Poynter insisting its top spot would not
be threatened by John Connolly’s firm.

When asked if PwC would still be the biggest firm next year, Poynter said:
‘Without a shadow of a doubt.’

The firm grew fee income by 6% to £2.1bn for year-end 30 June 2007, while
Deloitte
increased fee income by 15.6% to take revenues over £1.8bn.

Poynter also issued a warning over the impact of the credit crunch on
revenues next year.

‘Unless financial issues arise from debt capital markets, where that becomes
a big negative influence, I would expect to see good growth across the
practice,’ he said.
Assurance revenues grew by just 4% in the last year, to £947m, due to
tailing-off of clients’ Sarbox and IFRS activity.

Its tax practice was buoyed by the strong transactions market, with the
service line increasing 13% to £667m.

The firm made £71m from the sale of the Southwark Towers lease, it said. The
tower is going when the Shard of Glass is built around London Bridge station,
with staff expected to move to the More London complex, where E&Y is already
based.

The firm also recorded a sharply reduced pension deficit of just £58m, after
its moves to bolster the scheme in the last 18 months.

The firm posted total profits of £702m, with underlying profits of £631m.
Profit per partner grew 6% to £757,000, with partner numbers up to 822.

Poynter said that the firm’s growing provision of sustainability and climate
change services would eventually move from advisory into the firm’s assurance
department as they became regulated within audit, but this was unlikely in the
medium-term.

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