Last week was soft for chain stores with same-store sales at a year-on-year pace of plus 2.4 percent, down 2 tenths from the prior week's rate. Week-to-week, sales fell a sizable 1.0 percent. The report cites an uptick in gasoline prices as a negative but, as a positive, notes rising high-end consumer confidence. Despite the weakness in the latest rates, the report says sales are on track and sees no significant shift for the April retail sales report from the government. Redbook will post its weekly results later this morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.