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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 twenties or thirties, and
then perhaps again in their fifties or sixties. Thus as
the population ages, companies producing carpet
will be able to gain market share in the carpet market
only through purchasing 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 remaining 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 patterns and styles.
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18 Feb 2008, 11:43
is the OA-B?
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18 Feb 2008, 15:34
Conclusion: As population ages, Carpet companies will be able to gain market through mergers not through aggressive marketing.
The answer that weakens this should address market growth through other means, definitely not as time goes by.

(A) Most of the major carpet producers market other floor coverings as well. [What of other most carpet companies makes is irrelevant to argument – eliminate it]

(B) Most established carpet producers market several different brand names and varieties,
and there is no remaining niche in the market for new brands to fill. [What are remaining carpet companies niche is irrelevant – eliminate it]

(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. [Profitability is out of the scope – eliminate it]

(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. [Hold it – this is showing other ways of capturing the market growth – hold it]

(E) The carpet market is unlike most markets in that consumers are becoming increasingly
resistant to new patterns and styles. [Carpet and other markets comparison is irrelevant]

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18 Feb 2008, 17:48
Answer is (D) indeed. Good job !
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20 Feb 2008, 22:16
Ah ! I got it
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21 Feb 2008, 06:25
I chose C and its wrong.
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