why dos the hit number not show up at $A ?

<META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.7600.16722"></HEAD>
<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>hitcounter.php</TITLE><META content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv=Content-Type><META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.7600.16722"><STYLE type=text/css>BODY {
	FONT-FAMILY: verdana, arial, sans-serif
$count_my_page = ("hitcounter.txt");
$hits = file($count_my_page);
$hits[0] ++;
$fp = fopen($count_my_page , "w");
fputs($fp , "$hits[0]");
echo $hits[0];

 $A ={ include ("counter.php").value};
?><META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.7600.16722"></HEAD><BODY>
<TABLE border=1 cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=1 width="100%" bgColor=#0000ff>
<TBODY><TR><TD rowSpan=4><INPUT style="WIDTH: 82px; HEIGHT: 22px" value='("$A")' size=11 name=textbox1></TD>
<TD rowSpan=4 colSpan=3>xxxx <?php echo ("$A");?></TD></TR><TR></TR><TR></TR><TR></TR><META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.7600.16722">

should be a quick easy point for a newbiee

in ur last php file ...chk 8th line...
u r echoing...

echo ("$A");

instead of this try

echo $A;

might work fine or else tell me what's the output...then i can debug it....