he Conference Board, New York City, released its annual report on productivity on Jan. 23, showing productivity growth for the overall U.S. economy slowing for the third consecutive year. In 2006, the Conference Board estimates that productivity in the U.S. increased just 1.4%. This is about the same as the European Union average but well below the 2.5% increase for Japan and 2.0% for Germany. The slowdown represents “a certain level of technology saturation,” the reports says.