Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - Russell Investment Group
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire) - The Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index (6.3%) outperformed the Russell Japan Index (-6.3%) by almost 13 percentage points year-to-date as all nine sectors reflected positive returns. The Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index was led by strong returns in the consumer discretionary sector which reflected a gain of 12.1% through April 25, 2011. Ranked second among top performing sectors, materials & processing and energy posted identical returns (10.9%) for the same period.

Conversely in the Russell Japan Index, energy was the only sector reflecting a positive year-to-date return through April 25, gaining 8.4% for the period. Utilities and financial services posted the lowest returns among sectors, reflecting losses of 13.5% and 10.6%, respectively, through April 25.

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                                               YTD                  

Russell Index                                   Through April 25, 2011

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Russell Japan Index                                            -6.3%        

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Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index                            6.3%        

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                          Russell Asia Pacific                             

                          ex-Japan Index YTD       Russell Japan Index YTD 

Sector                    Through April 25, 2011    Through April 25, 2011 

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Consumer Discretionary             12.1%                    -4.4%           

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Materials & Processing             10.9%                    -3.6%          

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Energy                             10.9%                     8.4%          

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Financial Services                  5.6%                    -10.6%         

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Consumer Staples                    3.8%                    -4.3%          

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Producer Durables                   3.4%                    -3.7%          

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Health Care                         2.5%                    -3.6%          

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Utilities                           1.9%                    -13.5%         

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Technology                          1.4%                    -8.4%          

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