ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Increased store traffic and a more productive sales mix helped Ingles Markets here post gains in sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended Sept. 25, the retailer said last week. “Given the extended recession and intensified competition for a smaller amount of consumer dollars, we're pleased with our growth in sales and customer traffic,” Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles, said in a conference call discussing results. “We believe we ...

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