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# Difficult Math Question

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Difficult Math Question [#permalink]  01 Oct 2008, 17:37
Hey

Does anyone know how to solve this question? I'm having some trouble with it.

A Merchant purchased a jacket for $60.00 and then determined a selling price that equaled the purchase price of the jacket plus a markup that was 25% of the selling price. During a sale, the merchant discounted the selling price by 20% and sold the jacket. What was the merchant's gross profit on this sale? a)$0
b) $3 c)$4
d) $12 e)$15

I've narrowed the answer down to a choice between b and c since the other answer choices seems impossible, but I still can't seem to figure out how to solve the problem.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Difficult Math Question [#permalink]  01 Oct 2008, 17:57
Ans C
Let us denote Selling Price by S
By first statement , S=60+0.25*S
Thus S=80
But after discount of 20%,final selling Price is 64
Thus Gross profit is Final Selling Price-Purchase Price
=64-6=4

plinny wrote:
Hey

Does anyone know how to solve this question? I'm having some trouble with it.

A Merchant purchased a jacket for $60.00 and then determined a selling price that equaled the purchase price of the jacket plus a markup that was 25% of the selling price. During a sale, the merchant discounted the selling price by 20% and sold the jacket. What was the merchant's gross profit on this sale? a)$0
b) $3 c)$4
d) $12 e)$15

I've narrowed the answer down to a choice between b and c since the other answer choices seems impossible, but I still can't seem to figure out how to solve the problem.

Any help would be appreciated!

Cheers
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Re: Difficult Math Question [#permalink]  02 Oct 2008, 15:21
Great! Thanks for all the help!
Re: Difficult Math Question   [#permalink] 02 Oct 2008, 15:21
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