Fears that the U.S. economic growth is slowing prompted many investors to return to international mutual funds, helping revive their performance in the third quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Except for funds that invest in Japan, all international mutual funds posted gains in the quarter, the biggest winners being emerging-markets funds, which rose an average of 4.4%, according to preliminary Lipper data. Asian ex-Japan and Latin American funds did particularly well, rising 5.3% and 3.5%, respectively.

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