Growth in chain-store sales remains soft, according to ICSC-Goldman's same-store sales index which is unchanged in the June 16 week. The year-on-year rate of plus 3.6 percent is the highest since mid-May but the four-week average is unchanged at 3.1 percent which is a 3-month low. The report blames economic uncertainty both here and also globally for the softness. But it also notes that moderating gas prices should, in the coming weeks, begin to boost discretionary spending. Redbook, whose rates have been slightly below those of ICSC-Goldman, will be posted later this morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.