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# An executive's salary increased by 20% from 1995 to 1996,

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An executive's salary increased by 20% from 1995 to 1996, [#permalink]  08 Nov 2007, 18:20
An executive's salary increased by 20% from 1995 to 1996, but decreased by 25% from 1996 to 1997. What percent lower was the exec's salary in 1997 than in 1995?

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equation is x*1.2*.75=x*.95 so 5% lower

ha, can't multiply anymore - 1.2*.75 is actually .9 - 10% lower

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10% [#permalink]  08 Nov 2007, 19:45
1995-1996
say it was 100 in 1995 so, will be 120 in 1996
And 25% of 120 = 1/4th of 120=30
hence in 1997 => 90

1995 to 1997 10% less.

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To do this question by equations:

1995: X
1996: (120/100) X = 1.2X
1997: (75/100) * (120/100) X = 0.9X

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Re: 10% [#permalink]  08 Nov 2007, 20:12
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
1995-1996
say it was 100 in 1995 so, will be 120 in 1996
And 25% of 120 = 1/4th of 120=30
hence in 1997 => 90

1995 to 1997 10% less.

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OA is 10.

yep. pretty straight forward.

Re: 10%   [#permalink] 08 Nov 2007, 20:12
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