Leaders at some of the Big Four
firms say rising auditing costs are the result of market forces and that CEOs, of all people, should understand.
Product specialization is another key to success when competing against the Big Four
In part, coffee experts say, the Big Four
are not cutting prices steeply because they're trying to squeeze out as much short-term profit as possible, since their growing reliance on low-quality robusta alienates those customers who expect better coffee.
The Big Four
point out that if price were all that matters, discount stores would have gained more than two per cent of sales by 1997.
Compounding the problems of the Big Four
is the imminent launch of yet another network: Pax Net, which will join upstarts UPN, the WB and Diller's USA Networks.
We found that prior to August 23, 2004, the market rewarded firms switching from the Big Four
to the Middle Two accounting firms.
In comparison, Westpac has been consistently losing market share in the mortgage lending market with many analysts saying its move to offer the highest standard variable rate amongst the big four
is the reason for the decline.
THE big four
banks enjoy a hidden PS34billion taxpayer subsidy because investors consider them too big to be allowed to fail.
We consider our clients to be middle market clients, and the Big Four
tend to work with very large companies.
The big four
also increased their market share from 55% to 59% over the same period, as sales volumes across the major discounters and frozen-food specialists, including Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Netto and Farm Foods, fell 12% from 48.
It is 8-13 with Blue Square and Hills that the big four
once again leave the rest for dead, while you can get 5-4 with Bet365 and Paddy Power about the quartet failing to add to their impressive tally of victories in the competition.
The servicers that demand "safe harbor" are mainly the Big Four
Banks, Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo.
The second details the PCAOB's observations about efforts undertaken by the Big Four
to address quality control concerns identified in the PCAOB's initial, limited inspections of those firms.
Morrisons is the only big four
chain which has not dropped milk prices.
The firm said 93% of companies in the FTSE 100 Index had been clients during the year, which saw its market share grow among the so-called big four
- KPMG, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.