ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Ingles Markets here last week said that net earnings during the third quarter improved by 3.1% as the chain saw increases in store visits and average transaction size. Sales improved by 0.7% to $917.8 million for the three-month period that ended June 23. Earnings totaled $12.7 million as Ingles realized increases in total sales; a comparable-store sales increase of 2.1% excluding fuel; and decreased interest expense during the quarter. Gross profits for the ...

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