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can someone tell me what is the meaning of "the chemicals division for the balance" in the following question
and how to resolve it?


A company’s two divisions performed with remarkable consistency over the past three



years: in each of those years, the pharmaceuticals division has accounted for roughly 20



percent of dollar sales and 40 percent of profits, and the chemicals division for the balance.




Which of the following can properly be inferred regarding the past three years from the



statement above?



(A) Total dollar sales for each of the company’s divisions have remained roughly constant.



(B) The pharmaceuticals division has faced stiffer competition in its markets than has the



chemecials division.



(C) The chemicals division has realized lower profits per dollar of sales than has the



pharmaceuticals division.



(D) The product mix offered by each of the company’s divisions has remained unchaged.



(E) Highly profitable products accounted for a higher percentage of the chemicals division’s



sales than of those of the pharmaceuticals divisions.
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Re: Help OG CR 34 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2009, 07:14
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can someone tell me what is the meaning of "the chemicals division for the balance" in the following question
and how to resolve it?
A company’s two divisions performed with remarkable consistency over the past three
years: in each of those years, the pharmaceuticals division has accounted for roughly 20
percent of dollar sales and 40 percent of profits, and the chemicals division for the balance.

Which of the following can properly be inferred regarding the past three years from the
statement above?

(A) Total dollar sales for each of the company’s divisions have remained roughly constant.
(B) The pharmaceuticals division has faced stiffer competition in its markets than has the
chemecials division.
(C) The chemicals division has realized lower profits per dollar of sales than has the
pharmaceuticals division.
(D) The product mix offered by each of the company’s divisions has remained unchaged.
(E) Highly profitable products accounted for a higher percentage of the chemicals division’s
sales than of those of the pharmaceuticals divisions.


pharmaceuticals divisions has 20% in dollar sales and 40% in profits, the chemicals division for the balance means the chemicals division has 80% (100%-20%) in dollar sales and 60% (100%-40%) in profits. Thus, you know C is your answer.
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Re: Help OG CR 34 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2009, 08:33
Yes, clearly C
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can someone tell me what is the meaning of "the chemicals division for the balance" in the following question
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well, the question is asking for how much the chemicals division has accounted for the balance...

if pharma division did 20% of sales and 40% of profits, clearly quimical division did 80% of sales but just 60% of profits

The OE is very clear, what's is your question?

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