Mixed is ICSC-Goldman's verdict for chain-store sales during the September 1 week. ICSC-Goldman's same-store tally fell 0.4 percent vs the prior week but the year-on-year rate of plus 3.7 is up 3 tenths and is the strongest in 3-1/2 months. Since mid-August, ICSC-Goldman's year-on-year rate has been moving sharply higher in contrast to a much shallower upward movement in Redbook's tally. Together, though, the two reports are signaling strength for the government's retail sales report for August. Redbook will post its weekly results later this morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.