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Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within fi ve years as a
result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not
stay vacant for long. In the fi ve years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new
store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess
store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been
discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson’s.

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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 03:46
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Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within fi ve years as a
result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not
stay vacant for long. In the fi ve years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new
store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess
store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been
discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson’s.

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Argument: those locations will not stay vacant for long -- a new store will open in all the vacant spots in the central shopping district.

Answer should be A since it directly attacks the assumption that the new stores will cater to the existing/new demand of the shopping district. If the demand is less than the vacant shops would have to remain vacant since no one will setup their business in the district. [Option C seems to be the next best option.]

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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 10:15
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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:24
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According to the argument: The discount stores in Goreville's shopping district will close because of competition from SpendLess discount dept, these stores will not remain vacant for long. In stating this the argument draws parallel with the Colson's case. Since the opening of the Colson's, a non-discount dept store, for every store closed a new store has openend. The author assumes that what happened in Colson's case will also happen in SpendLess's case.

Consider the case of Colson's. Colson is a non-discount store. If for every store that closed due to competition from Colson's, a new discount store opened and was thus able to compete because of discounted prices then this analogy cannot be applied to SpendLess's case because SpendLess is a discount store and the stores that are closing are also discount stores.

Hence my answer is B.
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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:55
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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2010, 00:52
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According to the argument: The discount stores in Goreville's shopping district will close because of competition from SpendLess discount dept, these stores will not remain vacant for long. In stating this the argument draws parallel with the Colson's case. Since the opening of the Colson's, a non-discount dept store, for every store closed a new store has openend. The author assumes that what happened in Colson's case will also happen in SpendLess's case.

Consider the case of Colson's. Colson is a non-discount store. If for every store that closed due to competition from Colson's, a new discount store opened and was thus able to compete because of discounted prices then this analogy cannot be applied to SpendLess's case because SpendLess is a discount store and the stores that are closing are also discount stores.

Hence my answer is B.


But wouldn't E be valid too with that rationale? If the stores around Colson's are different stores that don't offer the same products, wouldn't that hurt the credibility of the argument?
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Re: CR7 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2010, 08:32
(A) Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess
store opened
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been
discount stores.

(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had
(D) Over the course of the next fi ve years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson’s.
Re: CR7   [#permalink] 21 Oct 2010, 08:32
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