Asheville, North Carolina-based grocer Ingles Markets has reported Q2 net sales up 3.8% year on year to US$493.2m. Comparable store sales for the same period, ended 30 March, grew 4.7%. The company explained however that in the current fiscal year, Easter fell on the day following the Q2 end; therefore, Easter-related sales were included in Q2. In the prior fiscal year, Easter sales fell in Q3. Therefore, comparable store sales growth for the Q2 excluding the effect of Easter sales rose 4%.