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Although the discount stores in Goreville s central shopping

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Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within five 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 five 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 five 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.

what is the answer? why?
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Re: cr: a very difficult problem [#permalink] New post 06 May 2006, 19:55
Go with B.

if the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been discount stores, then the discount stores were closed because of the resulted compitition from the dicsount stores, not from the compitition from Colson.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2006, 21:01
B for sure.

The oppening of Colson's has eleminated all nondiscount stores , hence
most of new opened stores were the discount ones. Now when they face competition from the SpendLess store , which is a discount one, no other
kind of store can be opened to compete with both Colson's & SpendLess.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2006, 07:30
Yes B

the argument tries to use the parallel of a non-discount store, this parallel would be strengthened if all the other stores that opened after Colon's were non-discount stores, but if they are discount stores the argument is actually weakened since the existing non-discount stores were replaced by different kind of stores.
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