Massachusetts’ economic growth slowed significantly over the summer while the nation showed a modest pick-up, according to two reports released Friday. The diverging trajectories highlight the difference between the consumer-driven US economy and the Massachusetts economy, which is more dependent on business spending. Nationally consumer spending increased solidly while overall business investment declined. Robert Nakosteen, an economist at the University of Massachusetts , described the state’s pace of growth as “not very heartwarming.”
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