More economic news washed over the Street this morning, as the Conference Board indicated that slow growth could continue into the early months of 2008. The Board's index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3% in September, as 7 of the 10 leading economic indicators increased in September. Declining building permits were the largest negative contributor. The index of leading economic indicators, designed to forecast economic turning points, has been in flux for most of the year, with September's reading matching results from 6 months ago. In August, the index declined a revised 0.8%, compared with the prior estimate of a 0.6% drop.