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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at random coming out of a FoodBasket supermarket, what they had purchased. The prices of the very same items at the nearest ShopperKing supermarket were totaled and compared with the FoodBasket total. The ShopperKing totals averaged five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals. Nevertheless, this result does not necessarily show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money overall by shopping at FoodBasket instead, since ______.

A. shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often

B. for shoppers with more than 20 items, the ShopperKing totals averaged more than five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals

C. many shoppers consider factors other than price in choosing the supermarket at which they shop most regularly

D. there is little variation from month to month in the overall quantity of purchases made at supermarkets by a given shopper

E. none of the people who conducted the research were employees of the FoodBasket supermarket
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A) ?

the keywords in the stem are "overall" and "necessarily"...
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I guess it is (A)
(C) comes close though.

The commodities X bought at shop A by majority of the shoppers at shop A may be different from those Y brought at shop B. If this is a possibility then the commodity X might be cheapest in shop A and expensive in shop B. Similarly commodity Y may be cheapest at shop B and expensive at shop A.
The stem is not talking about which commodities were compared. Just the price paid is compared.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2005, 10:21
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OA is A.

According the argument, author compared the total average of commodities.

However, as choice A said, consumers often choose the cheapest items in each supermarket. Therefore, shopping at ShopperKing does not necessarily cost more than shpping at FoodBasket.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2005, 13:22
anandnk wrote:
I guess it is (A)
(C) comes close though.

The commodities X bought at shop A by majority of the shoppers at shop A may be different from those Y brought at shop B. If this is a possibility then the commodity X might be cheapest in shop A and expensive in shop B. Similarly commodity Y may be cheapest at shop B and expensive at shop A.
The stem is not talking about which commodities were compared. Just the price paid is compared.


A as well

I think choice A is poorly phrased. Could the Author intended to say more like "frequent buyers get additional discount"?
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