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Consumers planning to buy recreational equipment tend to buy higher quality, more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is weak. Hill and Dale is a business that sells high-quality, expensive camping and hiking equipment in Boravia. Although all the signs are that Boraviaâ€™s economy is now entering a period of sustained strength, the managers of the business do not expect a substantial increase in sales.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest justification for the managersâ€™ judgment?

A. A significant proportion of Hill and Daleâ€™s sales are made to customers who enter the store in order to buy one particular item but, once there, find other items to buy as well.
B. In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas.
C. The economic upturn is likely to allow Boraviaâ€™s national parks, where most of the camping and hiking is done, to receive extra funding to improve their visitor facilities.
D. Advances in materials technology have led to the development of hiking and camping equipment that is more comfortable and lightweight than before.
E. Many people in Boravia not only are committed to preserving the countryâ€™s wilderness areas but also are interested in spending some time in them.

Welcome to discuss! I prefer B. But I do not have OA.
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12 May 2006, 21:20
Yeah, B seems to be the best
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12 May 2006, 22:20
A is the best bet...

'Consumers planning to buy recreational equipment tend to buy higher quality, more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is weak"

So B can't be right.

A is the only choice that can help explain
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12 May 2006, 22:41
No, it does not.

Consumers planning... is a general observation , while B is an evidence
that refer to consumers of Boravia. This evidence complements, rather
then contradicts the observation. IMO, A doesn't strengthen the judgement, it has no effect on it whatsoever.
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14 May 2006, 07:34
IMO B is the best bet.

A suggests that there'll be more sales which is contradicting the managers' expectation of slump in the sales.
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15 May 2006, 01:57
I go with B too.
Others support the fact that business should well for the company.
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15 May 2006, 13:54
B. The other choices are out of the scope.

Evidence: Strong Economy results in more sales. (Generalization X Y)

Conclusion: Strong Economy in Boravia will not impact sales substantially.

Answer B: "In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas", remains strenghts the conclusion and remains within scope.
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17 May 2006, 01:23
Will go with B too.
C weakens the agrument. It says that hiking and camping activities will increase and thus sales will increase.
D/E are out of scope.
A just says that sale of other items with the sale of equipments.
'Consumers planning to buy recreational equipment tend to buy higher quality, more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is weak" is just a general trend, that doesnto mean that the trend is in Bawaria too.
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17 May 2006, 20:08
one more for B
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18 May 2006, 11:40
freshlily wrote:
Consumers planning to buy recreational equipment tend to buy higher quality, more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is weak. Hill and Dale is a business that sells high-quality, expensive camping and hiking equipment in Boravia. Although all the signs are that Boraviaâ€™s economy is now entering a period of sustained strength, the managers of the business do not expect a substantial increase in sales.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest justification for the managersâ€™ judgment?

A. A significant proportion of Hill and Daleâ€™s sales are made to customers who enter the store in order to buy one particular item but, once there, find other items to buy as well.
B. In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas.
C. The economic upturn is likely to allow Boraviaâ€™s national parks, where most of the camping and hiking is done, to receive extra funding to improve their visitor facilities.
D. Advances in materials technology have led to the development of hiking and camping equipment that is more comfortable and lightweight than before.
E. Many people in Boravia not only are committed to preserving the countryâ€™s wilderness areas but also are interested in spending some time in them.

Welcome to discuss! I prefer B. But I do not have OA.

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18 May 2006, 19:45
B.........
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18 May 2006, 19:52
freshlily wrote:
Consumers planning to buy recreational equipment tend to buy higher quality, more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is weak. Hill and Dale is a business that sells high-quality, expensive camping and hiking equipment in Boravia. Although all the signs are that Boraviaâ€™s economy is now entering a period of sustained strength, the managers of the business do not expect a substantial increase in sales.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest justification for the managersâ€™ judgment?

A. A significant proportion of Hill and Daleâ€™s sales are made to customers who enter the store in order to buy one particular item but, once there, find other items to buy as well.
B. In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas.
C. The economic upturn is likely to allow Boraviaâ€™s national parks, where most of the camping and hiking is done, to receive extra funding to improve their visitor facilities.
D. Advances in materials technology have led to the development of hiking and camping equipment that is more comfortable and lightweight than before.
E. Many people in Boravia not only are committed to preserving the countryâ€™s wilderness areas but also are interested in spending some time in them.

only B, however partially, justify the manager's judgement....
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31 May 2006, 02:30
B for Best
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31 May 2006, 03:12
Agree with B.
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