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Big Four

The four largest accounting firms in the United States: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. In addition to accounting, these firms all offer auditing and advisory services. The number of "big" accounting firms has decreased over time because of mergers and, most recently, the ruin of Arthur Andersen following the Enron scandal in 2002.

Big Four

A widely used reference to the four largest public accounting firms that perform most of the external audits in the United States for large publicly owned corporations. The Big Four include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. The group was long known as the Big Eight until it was reduced by mergers; it was called the Big Five until the Enron scandal led to the collapse of Arthur Andersen.
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The United States, backed up by others in the Big Six, has repeatedly said Iran must follow diplomatic practice and formally respond to the Big Six offer, outlining what it finds appealing and what it finds objectionable.
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By focusing on contracts that required minority participation in order to satisfy affirmative-action requirements, the firm held its own with Big Six firms while gaining a portion of lucrative contracts that it could never have won by itself.
Price Waterhouse LLP last month became the first and only officially certified SAP trainer among the Big Six consulting firms.
The current ratings and Outlooks of the Big Six incorporate the maintenance of solid results, although Fitch still expects earnings growth to moderate.