GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Fresh Market here posted a 6% gain in comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter, but costs related to the fast-growing chain's initial public offering led to a loss for the period. In its first quarterly report as a public company, The Fresh Market posted a loss of $18.14 million, compared with net income of $20.82 million in the preceding year. Many of the company's margin metrics improved, however, as the company expanded sales against its cost structure. ...

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