Fuel, Pricing Boost Ingles in 1Q

The holiday season produced robust sales and profit increases for Ingles Markets, the company said last week. In a conference call discussing results for the fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 29, officials said the chain's approach, including the addition of fuel centers to stores, as well as sharp pricing, continued to spark sales and traffic from a shopper base increasingly

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The holiday season produced robust sales and profit increases for Ingles Markets here, the company said last week.

In a conference call discussing results for the fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 29, officials said the chain's “one-stop-shopping” approach, including the addition of fuel centers to stores, as well as sharp pricing, continued to spark sales and traffic from a shopper base increasingly concerned about finances. While store visits increased 9.

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