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U.S. private equity returned 4.3% for the second quarter, its best quarterly return since the fourth quarter of 2007, and 1.1% for the six months ended June 30, while venture capital offered a 0.2% return for the second quarter but lost 2.6% for the same six-month period, according to Cambridge Associates.

Private equity managers called more capital than they returned as profits to investors in the second quarter. Private equity mangers called about $7.4 billion, $1.1 billion more than the first quarter.

U.S. private equity sees best gain in six quarters