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15 Jul 2004, 00:43
There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only once or twice, first in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing.

Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?

(A) Most of the major carpet producers market other floor coverings as well.
(B) Most established carpet producers market several different brand names and varieties, and there is no re-maining niche in the market for new brands to fill.
(C) Two of the three mergers in the industry’s last ten years led to a decline in profits and revenues for the newly merged companies.
(D) Price reductions, achieved by cost-cutting in production, by some of the dominant firms in the carpet market are causing other producers to leave the market altogether.
(E) The carpet market is unlike most markets in that consumers are becoming increasingly resistant to new pat-terns and styles.
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15 Jul 2004, 01:05
I would vote for A but the logic is not clear to me at all
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15 Jul 2004, 04:09
2 mins and C. I will explain if I'm right.
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15 Jul 2004, 04:30
Very reluctantly, I'll mark D. The thing is not clear to me.
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15 Jul 2004, 05:32
A for me.........
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15 Jul 2004, 06:29
I think question is missing one word which would make it clearer:
There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only once or twice, first in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share from competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing

I would pick D because if competitors are leaving the market, there will be no need to capture new clients from competitors. Companies will just have to get new clients with more aggressive marketing without having to "steal" them from competitors
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15 Jul 2004, 06:49
I agree with Paul, (D) is best.
(I think the first part of argument is not needed to find an answer!)
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15 Jul 2004, 07:06
the official answer is D.
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15 Jul 2004, 07:47
I would agree with Paul if the argument was "companies producing carpet WILL gain market share from competitors" instead of "companies producing carpet WILL BE ABLE to gain market share from competitors"

As the argument stands, to cast doubt on it we have to show that companies WILL NOT BE ABLE to gain market share from competitors

The fact that there are now fewer businesses operating in the industry does not mean that companies WILL NOT BE ABLE to gain market share from competitors (as population ages and the demand grows)

No answer choice casts doubt on the argument as far as I'm concerned

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15 Jul 2004, 07:50
OlegC wrote:

No answer choice casts doubt on the argument as far as I'm concerned

When I said I reluctantly marked D, I also meant that I could not find any statement casting doubt on the argument. Just that D comes closer than the rest in doing that.
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15 Jul 2004, 07:55
chose D.

tried to explain, but then noticed Paul's explanation and figured that I have nothing else to add
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16 Jul 2004, 10:50
Firt I could not find the answer and the chose A since it looked close to me.
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