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Consolidated Metals manufactures only ashtrays and umbrella stands. In 1983, astrays accounted for 40 percent of their production. In 1993 they produced more umbrella stands than in 1983, but the increase in the number of ashtrays they produced was even greater over the same 10 year period.

If all the facts above are true, which of the following must also be true?
a. In 1993, the % of consolidated metals production devoted to ashtrays was greater than that in 1983.
b. In 1993, consolidated metals produced fewer ashtrays than umbrella stands.
c.In 1993, ashtrays were more cost efficient to produce than they were in 1983
d. The production of umbrella stands required more labor in 1993 than did ashtrays in 1983.
e. In 1993, Consolidated Metals produced more ashtrays than umbrella stands.
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The answer has to be (A).
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New post 21 Nov 2006, 02:05
Yes A..

The other two options which one might consider is B and E....

However, those options cannot stand because the % of ashtrays could be 45% in 1993 or 65% in 1993, thus we cannot confirm it...

All we can confirm is that the % has increased....
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Sangarelli, welcome back man..we missed u :)

E is not answer because, we are not sure of the amount of metal needed for ash tray or umbrella stand. Same thing applies to B also.
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Consolidated Metals manufactures only ashtrays and umbrella stands. In 1983, astrays accounted for 40 percent of their production. In 1993 they produced more umbrella stands than in 1983, but the increase in the number of ashtrays they produced was even greater over the same 10 year period.

If all the facts above are true, which of the following must also be true?

a. In 1993, the % of consolidated metals production devoted to ashtrays was greater than that in 1983. YES
b. In 1993, consolidated metals produced fewer ashtrays than umbrella stands. Could be but not must be
c.In 1993, ashtrays were more cost efficient to produce than they were in 1983 Random comment
d. The production of umbrella stands required more labor in 1993 than did ashtrays in 1983. Random comment
e. In 1993, Consolidated Metals produced more ashtrays than umbrella stands. Could be but not must be

1983
Ashtrays 40% (Produced 40) Umbrella 60% (Produced 60) = 100% (100)

1993
Ashtrays Produced 60 Umbrella Product 61 = 121

This meets the paragraphs assumptions and helps to answer the question.

Note: numbers made-up and used for illustration purposed!
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A here
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A's got to be it and it's got to be A :-))
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One more A
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