ICSC expects June sales to rise 2% to 3% over the previous year."Record high gasoline process and consumers' worry about theeconomy will continue to hold back discretionary spending," saidMichael P. Niemira, ICSC chief economist and director of research,in the report. "But the federal tax rebate checks will begin tooffset some of that drag." The report is based on preliminary tallyof 37 retail chains.

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