ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Ingles Markets here said last week sales increased and earnings declined for the first quarter ended Dec. 30. e increases to a pair of marketing programs -- a cash giveaway and a loyalty card program in which the company donated money for school supplies based on electronic card usage -- and ongoing store upgrades. Net income for the quarter fell 9.1% to $4.5 million, which the company said was due to increased labor and fuel costs and higher interest expenses. The ...

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