Leading sports shoe chain Footstar Inc on Thursday posted a better-than-expected 2.2 per cent climb in October same-store sales. The New York-based operator of around 1,350 stores and concessions said total sales for the month slipped 9.7 per cent to $143.7 million from $159.2m in 2001. Sales at its Meldisco division fell 12.6 per cent to $91.7m from $104.9m.