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    Fed: Growth slows in places on shutdown worries

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said economic growth slowed in a few key regions of the United States from September through early October, as businesses grew worried about a budget impasse that led to a partial government shutdown.

    Overall, the economy continued to expand at a ‘‘modest to moderate’’ pace, according to the Fed survey released Wednesday. Eight of the Fed’s 12 banking districts reported the same growth rate as they had reported in August through early September.

    Businesses around the country remained optimistic about the future, and consumer spending continued to increase, helped by strong auto sales. But many businesses noted greater uncertainty because of the federal shutdown, which began on Oct. 1, and a looming deadline to raise federal borrowing limit.

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    Boston, in particular, reported that the tourism industry was worried about the impact of a prolonged shutdown.