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A coat’s original price of $112 was reduced by 20 percent for a sale.
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Bunuel wrote: A coat’s original price of $112 was reduced by 20 percent for a sale. If the sale price was then increased by 20 percent, which of the following, expresses the single percent change, which when applied to the original price of the coat, would result in the same final price of the coat now?
(A) 100(1 − 0.2)^2 (B) 100 (1 − 0.4) (C) 100(1 − 0.4)^2 (D) 100 (1 − 0.8) (E) 100 (1 − 0.96) \(P\) = Original amount \(= $112\). Let the first discount be \(r_1\) and second discount be \(r_2\). Price after \(2\) successive discounts \(= (\frac{100  r_2}{100} ) * (\frac{100 + r_1}{100} ) * P\) Required Price \(= (\frac{100  20}{100}) * (\frac{100 + 20}{100}) * 112\) Required Price \(= \frac{80}{100} * \frac{120}{100} * 112 = $107.52\) Difference between original and final price \(= 112  107.52 = $4.48\) Required percent \(= \frac{4.48}{112} * 100 = 4\)%. Lets check options to find \(4\)%. (E) \(100(1 − 0.96) = 100 (0.04) = 4\)%. Answer (E)...
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28 Jun 2017, 01:59
Bunuel wrote: A coat’s original price of $112 was reduced by 20 percent for a sale. If the sale price was then increased by 20 percent, which of the following, expresses the single percent change, which when applied to the original price of the coat, would result in the same final price of the coat now?
(A) 100(1 − 0.2)^2 (B) 100 (1 − 0.4) (C) 100(1 − 0.4)^2 (D) 100 (1 − 0.8) (E) 100 (1 − 0.96) Price is first reduced by 20%, so price of coat = 0.80 x Coat Price Price is then increased by 20%, so price of coat = 1.2 x 0.80 x Coat Price = 0.96 x Coat Price = 96% of Coat Price Hence Answer E
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Bunuel wrote: A coat’s original price of $112 was reduced by 20 percent for a sale. If the sale price was then increased by 20 percent, which of the following, expresses the single percent change, which when applied to the original price of the coat, would result in the same final price of the coat now?
(A) 100(1 − 0.2)^2 (B) 100 (1 − 0.4) (C) 100(1 − 0.4)^2 (D) 100 (1 − 0.8) (E) 100 (1 − 0.96) Hmm. I got B. I think I might be confused. Discount = .8 Subsequent price increase = 1.2 (.8) * (1.2) = (.96) (.96) * (112) = $107.52 That matches other answers. But if 100 equals the original, and the original is multiplied by (.96), shouldn't it be Answer B? 100 (1 − 0.4) = (100)(.96), or 96% of original price. In bold above, I multiplied price by .96 and got the correct end figure. What am I missing?



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29 Jun 2017, 10:49
genxer123 wrote: Bunuel wrote: A coat’s original price of $112 was reduced by 20 percent for a sale. If the sale price was then increased by 20 percent, which of the following, expresses the single percent change, which when applied to the original price of the coat, would result in the same final price of the coat now?
(A) 100(1 − 0.2)^2 (B) 100 (1 − 0.4) (C) 100(1 − 0.4)^2 (D) 100 (1 − 0.8) (E) 100 (1 − 0.96) Hmm. I got B. I think I might be confused. Discount = .8 Subsequent price increase = 1.2 (.8) * (1.2) = (.96) (.96) * (112) = $107.52 That matches other answers. But if 100 equals the original, and the original is multiplied by (.96), shouldn't it be Answer B? 100 (1 − 0.4) = (100)(.96), or 96% of original price. In bold above, I multiplied price by .96 and got the correct end figure. What am I missing? They asked for percent change, not percent of original price. Posted from my mobile devicePosted from my mobile device
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MarkusKarl wrote: genxer123 wrote: [107.52] matches other answers. But if 100 equals the original, and the original is multiplied by (.96), shouldn't it be Answer B?
100 (1 − 0.4) = (100)(.96), or 96% of original price. In bold above, I multiplied price by .96 and got the correct end figure.
What am I missing?
They asked for percent change, not percent of original price. MarkusKarl whose screen name makes me grin, thank you! What a dumb mistake! Lesson learned.



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Imo 112*.8*1.2=.96*112 Required percentage will be 4 percent reduction thus E Sent from my ONE E1003 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app
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29 Jun 2017, 11:34
drop in the price of coat by 20 % results in a price of 0.8*112 (10.2=0.8) subsequent 20% increase results in a price of 1.2 * 0.8 * 112 (1+0.2=1.2)
the final price is thus 0.96 *112 = 107.48 (i.e 96% of the original price implying a 4% decrease)
Answer to the question would be 100(10.96) i.e (E)



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genxer123 wrote: MarkusKarl wrote: genxer123 wrote: [107.52] matches other answers. But if 100 equals the original, and the original is multiplied by (.96), shouldn't it be Answer B?
100 (1 − 0.4) = (100)(.96), or 96% of original price. In bold above, I multiplied price by .96 and got the correct end figure.
What am I missing?
They asked for percent change, not percent of original price. MarkusKarl whose screen name makes me grin, thank you! What a dumb mistake! Lesson learned. Dumb indeed. I did the same thing Is it the name or the picture? Posted from my mobile device
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29 Jun 2017, 13:14
112*0.80=89.6 89.6*1.20=107.5 difference is of 4.5 so {4.5/112}=0.04 ans=e



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MarkusKarl wrote: genxer123 wrote: MarkusKarl whose screen name makes me grin, thank you! What a dumb mistake! Lesson learned. Dumb indeed. I did the same thing Is it the name or the picture? MarkusKarl It's both. In a good way! One of my degrees in in political economy, so the name made me grin fondly. Then I saw the picture  I so want a cool picture  and the picture is both not what I was expecting, which made me grin, and cool/adorable, which made me grin. Both name and pic are keepers!



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16 Sep 2018, 21:08
take x = 100 so 100*4/5*6/5 = 96 so there is 4% change




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