ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Rebounding customer spending helped lift Ingles Markets to a 3.8% net sales increase and a 28.3% increase in net income during the fiscal first quarter, the retailer here said Monday. Comparable-store sales excluding gasoline improved by 2.9%, sparking a 4.4% increase in gross profit and margins improving by 20 basis points to 22.2% of sales, officials said. Total sales for the period, which ended Dec. 25, were $872.8 million. “We had a very good increase in sales for the ...

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