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State business confidence index slips
A Massachusetts business confidence index posted a June reading of 48.3, the lowest reading since October. June’s reading was 8.5 points lower than May’s. The 8.5-point monthly loss is the second-largest in the index’s 21-year history, and came following a “spate of negative economic reports during the month.” The monthly index is maintained by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, or AIM, an association of Massachusetts employers.