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A merchant marks his goods up in such a way that the profit made on selling 30 articles is equal to the cost price of 20 articles. What is the % profit made by the merchant?

A. 66.67 %
B. 50 %
C. 200 %
D. 100 %
E. 33.33 %


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A merchant marks his goods up in such a way that the profit made on selling 30 articles is equal to the cost price of 20 articles. What is the % profit made by the merchant?

A. 66.67 %
B. 50 %
C. 200 %
D. 100 %
E. 33.33 %


This is how I solved it, let me know if its the right answer:

Let Selling Price be x and Cost Price be y of each article;

now, 30x - 30y = the profit earned on selling 30 articles
it is known that the profit earned on 30 articles i.e 30x - 30y = 20y (Cost price of 20 articles)

we get, 30x = 50y
that means x/y = 50/30
Selling Price/Cost price = 5/3

Something that costs $3 is being sold at $5 which is at 66.67% profit.
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A merchant marks his goods up in such a way that the profit made on selling 30 articles is equal to the cost price of 20 articles. What is the % profit made by the merchant?

A. 66.67 %
B. 50 %
C. 200 %
D. 100 %
E. 33.33 %


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C.P of 1 article= $30(say)
C.P of 20 articles=30*20=$600
Now, C.P of 20 articles=Profit on 30 articles
Therefore, profit on 1 article=$600/30=$20
Profit%=(20/30)*100=66.67%
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Bunuel wrote:
A merchant marks his goods up in such a way that the profit made on selling 30 articles is equal to the cost price of 20 articles. What is the % profit made by the merchant?

A. 66.67 %
B. 50 %
C. 200 %
D. 100 %
E. 33.33 %


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Let S and C be the selling and cost price of the articles respectively.

Per question, Profit of 30 articles = 30S - 30C = cost price of 20 articles = 20 C ---> 30S-30C=20C ----> S=5/3 C

Thus, profit % = \(\frac{s-c}{c}\) *100 = (5/3)-1 = 2/3*100=66.67%. A is the correct answer.
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Bunuel wrote:
A merchant marks his goods up in such a way that the profit made on selling 30 articles is equal to the cost price of 20 articles. What is the % profit made by the merchant?

A. 66.67 %
B. 50 %
C. 200 %
D. 100 %
E. 33.33 %


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IMO : A

Given Profit = 20CP (for selling 30 goods)
Thus P = 30SP - 30CP
20CP = 30SP - 30CP
50CP = 30SP
5CP = 3SP
SP = 5/3 CP
Profit % = \(\frac{(SP - CP)}{CP}\)* 100
= 66.66%
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