Resurgence in international markets has prompted some fund companies to consider strengthening their international offerings and the marketing efforts behind those funds, mutual fund executives say.

Fueling the interest is international funds' fourth quarter growth, which outpaced U.S. funds' returns. International funds returned an average of 25.97 percent compared to 18.97 percent for domestic funds. For 1999, international fund returns averaged 25.59 percent.

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