The SNP leader admitted the word "national" could be "hugely problematic".
Scotland's Economy Growing Again.
Scotland's economy has returned to modest growth after a summer slowdown, according to a new report.
The latest Bank of Scotland monthly purchasing managers index (PMI) found activity in the private sector expanded and volumes of new business stabilised in October after a dip the previous month.
The number of employees at private-sector companies in Scotland also rose for the third month in a row, although the job creation rate eased.
Growth was mainly driven by the service sector, with little change in the level of manufacturing production.
Workforce numbers at manufacturing companies also fell for the first time in four months, although the rate of decrease was marginal.
"Survey participants indicated that the drop in headcounts reflected efforts to reduce costs,'' the report said.
It also found a drop in new orders placed at Scottish manufacturers with lower inflows of new business from abroad, partially attributed to unfavourable exchange rates.
The bank's headline figure for private-sector activity, which measures month-by-month changes in output in both manufacturing and services, rose to 50.9 in October from 49.0 in September.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said: "October's PMI was 50.9 showing a welcome recovery from September's 49.0.
"Output increased modestly in services and marginally in manufacturing.
"These results confirm the summer slowdown in the Scottish economy has been arrested, giving slow growth rather than no growth going into the third quarter of the year.''
A police watchdog probe was launched after the remains of the 52-year-old were found in a house in Dumfries in February last year.
The accident happened at about 7.50pm on Thursday in Moodiesburn, North Lanarkshire.
More than 70 firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control at Blochairn Fruit Market in the early hours of Thursday.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred station:
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.