NU Online News Service, Jan. 28, 9:45 a.m. – U.S. mutual fund companies acquired in 2001 did better than fund companies acquired in 2000, according to Cerulli Associates, Boston.

Fund company mergers and acquisitions were down sharply, but Cerulli researchers found that 46% of the companies acquired grew faster than their peers after the 2001 deals were completed. In 2000, only 33% of the companies acquired ended up growing faster than their peers, Cerulli reports.