COMP-STORE SALES UP 9.8% AT INGLES MARKETS

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Ingles Markets here reported a 9.8% increase in comparable-store sales for the first quarter ending Dec. 24, 2005, compared with the first quarter of the preceding year.Net income rose 53.4% to $7.8 million, on an 11.5% increase in net sales, which grew to $623.4 million.The largest percentage of sales increases were in pharmacy and gasoline, said Ron Freeman, Ingles' chief financial

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Ingles Markets here reported a 9.8% increase in comparable-store sales for the first quarter ending Dec. 24, 2005, compared with the first quarter of the preceding year.

Net income rose 53.4% to $7.8 million, on an 11.5% increase in net sales, which grew to $623.4 million.

The largest percentage of sales increases were in pharmacy and gasoline, said Ron Freeman, Ingles' chief financial officer, during a conference call with analysts. Comparable-store sales gr

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