ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Improved selections and effective price promotions helped lift sales volumes and earnings for Ingles Markets in its fiscal forth quarter ended Sept. 29, the company here said Monday. Sales increased 3.2% to $746 million for the 13-week quarter, as compared with a 14-week quarter a year ago. Excluding the effects of the extra week in 2006, sales were up 9.6% and comparable-store sales increased by 9.3%. Increases in gasoline sales brought gross profits as a percent of sales ...

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