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Economists say Mass. growth outpaced US in Q4

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BOSTON (AP) — A report says growth in Massachusetts' gross domestic product outpaced the nation in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Economists for MassBenchmarks, a journal published by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts, said Thursday the state's GDP grew at an estimated annual rate of 5.5 percent in the October-December period.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday that the nation's economy grew at a 3.2 percent rate in the fourth quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years.

MassBenchmarks senior contributing editor Alan Clayton-Matthews said Massachusetts is benefiting from improvements in U.S. and worldwide economic conditions.

The state outpaced the nation's growth rate in three of the four quarters in 2013.

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