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# A recent article in one of the nation's leading newspapers noted that

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A recent article in one of the nation's leading newspapers noted that despite the government's warning about peanut butter likely being contaminated by salmonella and the government's subsequent recall of a limited amount of peanut butter, 90% of grocery store shoppers surveyed said that they did not plan to change their peanut butter purchasing habits. Nevertheless, roughly two months after the limited recall and one month after the leading newspaper published its article, the country's peanut butter manufacturers reported that same-store sales to grocery store shoppers fell 75% year-over-year.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent paradox above?

A) The initial survey of shoppers failed to consider the effect of subsequent cuts in the price of peanut butter.

B) Fearing additional instances of contamination and subsequent lawsuits, many retailers that sold peanut butter removed the product voluntarily from their shelves.

C) A report similar to the report that appeared in the leading newspaper appeared in one of the nation's tabloid magazines on the same day.

D) Days before the newspaper conducted its survey, a widely-respected bacterial research specialist published an op-ed article in a major newspaper arguing that the threat from salmonella-infected peanut butter was smaller than the government would later contend.

E) A study published after the government recall of some peanut butter stated that individuals intended to change the type of jelly and bread they purchased.

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13 Jan 2019, 10:23
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A recent article in one of the nation's leading newspapers noted that despite the government's warning about peanut butter likely being contaminated by salmonella and the government's subsequent recall of a limited amount of peanut butter, 90% of grocery store shoppers surveyed said that they did not plan to change their peanut butter purchasing habits. Nevertheless, roughly two months after the limited recall and one month after the leading newspaper published its article, the country's peanut butter manufacturers reported that same-store sales to grocery store shoppers fell 75% year-over-year.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent paradox above?

A) The initial survey of shoppers failed to consider the effect of subsequent cuts in the price of peanut butter.

B) Fearing additional instances of contamination and subsequent lawsuits, many retailers that sold peanut butter removed the product voluntarily from their shelves.

C) A report similar to the report that appeared in the leading newspaper appeared in one of the nation's tabloid magazines on the same day.

D) Days before the newspaper conducted its survey, a widely-respected bacterial research specialist published an op-ed article in a major newspaper arguing that the threat from salmonella-infected peanut butter was smaller than the government would later contend.

E) A study published after the government recall of some peanut butter stated that individuals intended to change the type of jelly and bread they purchased.

Fact 1
90% of grocery store shoppers surveyed said that they did not plan to change their peanut butter purchasing habits

Fact 2
the country's peanut butter manufacturers reported that same-store sales to grocery store shoppers fell 75% year-over-year.

Even when in Fact 1 people told that they wont change their purchasing habits how did the sales same-store sales to grocery store shoppers fell 75% year-over-year

First instinct was that the retailers themselves are retaining the product, rightly mentioned in Correct Answer B

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A) The initial survey of shoppers failed to consider the effect of subsequent cuts in the price of peanut butter.
subsequent cuts is Out of scope.

C) A report similar to the report that appeared in the leading newspaper appeared in one of the nation's tabloid magazines on the same day.
this doesn't address the price drop.

D) Days before the newspaper conducted its survey, a widely-respected bacterial research specialist published an op-ed article in a major newspaper arguing that the threat from salmonella-infected peanut butter was smaller than the government would later contend.
Threat was smaller, sales should had been greater - Irrelevant

E) A study published after the government recall of some peanut butter stated that individuals intended to change the type of jelly and bread they purchased.
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13 Jan 2019, 10:30
A,D,E are irrelavent..so we r left with B,C.
C doesnt explained anything about the price drop stuff..

So ans is B.

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