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A book store bought copies of a new book by a popular author

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A book store bought copies of a new book by a popular author, in anticipation of robust sales. The store bought 400 copies from their supplier, each copy at wholesale price W. The store sold the first 150 copies in the first week at 80% more than W, and then over the next month, sold a 100 more at 20% more than W. Finally, to clear shelf space, the store sold the remaining copies to a bargain retailer at 40% less than W. What was the bookstore’s net percent profit or loss on the entire lot of 400 books?
(A) 30% loss
(B) 10% loss
(C) 10% profit
(D) 20% profit
(E) 60% profit


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New post 08 Jan 2014, 13:22
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C.P. = 400W
S.P. = 1.8W*150 + 1.2W*100 + 0.6W*150 = 480W
Since, S.P. > C.P., there is net profit.
Profit = S.P. - C.P. = 480W - 400W = 80W
Profit % = (Profit/C.P.)*100 = (80W/400W)*100 = 20%

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New post 08 Jan 2014, 19:54
[[w(150)(1.8)+w(100)(1.2)+w(150)(0.6)]/400w] - 1

[50[(3)(1.8) + (2)(1.2) + (3)(0.6)] / (50)(8)] - 1

[(5.4 + 2.4 + 1.8)/8] - [8/8]

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New post 15 Jul 2017, 06:07
The percentage profit does not depend on how many books the person bought or at what price the person bought if we know the above.
Say the person purchased 4 books at $10 each. Here w = 10 . So according to the question the person sold (150/400)*4 books at $18, 100/400* 4 books at $12 and remaining 150 at $6.
So the rev = 1.5*18+1.5*6+12 = 27+12+9 = 48.
Cost is $40 = 4*10. % profit is 20%.
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