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All the clients that company X had at the beginning of last year remained with the company for the whole year. If company X acquired new clients during teh year, what was the ratio of the number of clients that company X had at the end of last year to the number of clients that it had at the beginning of last year?

(1) The ratio of the number of clients that company X had at the beginning of last year to the number of new clients that it acquired during the year was 12 to 1.

(2) Company X had 144 clients at the beginning of last year.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2006, 19:52
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you only need the ratio, which (1) already provides.

12+1/ 12

even if you don't know the actual amount, the ratio will always be the same. statement (2) is actually a trap. it makes you think you need the total number of clients, when in fact you don't
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2006, 00:36
A it is...

x/x+y...x:y = 12:1 substitute the values and u can get the ratio asked...

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