GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 19 Sep 2018, 10:34

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping

Author Message
Director
Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 887
Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Aug 2007, 23:41
7
49
00:00

Difficulty:

65% (hard)

Question Stats:

62% (01:35) correct 38% (02:08) wrong based on 1765 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Edit: This discussion has been retired. Find the new thread HERE.

Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

Manager
Joined: 05 Mar 2007
Posts: 110
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 00:08
beckee529 wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

The entire thesis is based on the competition aspect.....

Clearly D( the increase in rate does not suggest increased interest) B ( fails to address Spendless and also fails to reconcile the competition part) will not weaken the argument...

Again A fails to clearly state that less sales could plague new stores..here it is stating about colson's!

Finally C states the occupants rotate but it gets occupied, the shop place, but how how does that harm Colson's attempt to continue its winning streak is unclear!!!

E is the logical answer..that new stores are in different league...they wont close because of comp from Colson or Spendless(mentions both)...

I may not be wholly correct..if i am missing something let me know
FP
Manager
Joined: 20 Nov 2006
Posts: 198
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 00:27
2
beckee529 wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

Conclusion: Those locations will not stay vacant for long.

A. Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened. - If this is true the conclusion will be strengthened
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores. - Correct answer. If this is the case the locations will stay vacant for long.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had. - We are not bothered about the number of stores
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades. - This does not state that the increased population will shop only from the spendless store only - so doesn't weaken.E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's. -
This will strengthen the conclusion.

Director
Joined: 29 Aug 2005
Posts: 801
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 02:15
I am actually anti B
I am for A!!! I can try to explain if i am correct.
Director
Joined: 29 Jul 2006
Posts: 808
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 20:25
1
The argument is actually using an analogy b/w Colson and SpendLess to draw a conclusion about SpendLess...Now we need a choice that weakens the analogy.

Although all choices are weird...B is the best since in the case of SpendLess the stores that are closed are discount ones whereas in case of Colson these were opened.
Director
Joined: 09 Aug 2006
Posts: 513
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 21:32
1
beckee529 wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, these locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a non discount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

This is my understanding of the Question stem:

Paraphrase : The location of discount stores that are expected to close withing 5 yrs due to competition from spendless will not remain empty for a long time as seen in the case of Calson's a non-discount store where since 5 years every store closed due to competition from Calson was replaced by another store.

What would weaken this argument ? If we find a reason to prove that location will remain empty for a long time.

If we take B, which means that the new stores that are opening are discount stores can compete with Calson's and hence the stores will not be closed and the place will not be vacant. So I don't think it weakens the argument.
Vineet, I don't think just because a store is discount is enough to weaken the argument.
D and E are out of scope.

I think C is pretty close. If there are already lot of stores in the shopping dist. thus reducing the need for more stores and hence the stores that closed down might remain vacant for little longer time.
Director
Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 887
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2007, 23:20
Sorry guys... I had no idea this was posted so recently already. Here is a good explanation for the correct answer B: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=49510
Director
Joined: 29 Jul 2006
Posts: 808
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

07 Aug 2007, 01:51
Amit05 wrote:
beckee529 wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, these locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a non discount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

This is my understanding of the Question stem:

Paraphrase : The location of discount stores that are expected to close withing 5 yrs due to competition from spendless will not remain empty for a long time as seen in the case of Calson's a non-discount store where since 5 years every store closed due to competition from Calson was replaced by another store.

What would weaken this argument ? If we find a reason to prove that location will remain empty for a long time.

If we take B, which means that the new stores that are opening are discount stores can compete with Calson's and hence the stores will not be closed and the place will not be vacant. So I don't think it weakens the argument.
Vineet, I don't think just because a store is discount is enough to weaken the argument.
D and E are out of scope.

I think C is pretty close. If there are already lot of stores in the shopping dist. thus reducing the need for more stores and hence the stores that closed down might remain vacant for little longer time.

If u read the link given above by beckee529,u'll realize that what I am trying to say is right.
Manager
Joined: 05 Mar 2007
Posts: 110
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

07 Aug 2007, 02:28
I see it now.... how can i miss the argument completely.... i cant believe it..

Completely messed up the CR...anyhow nicely explained

FP
Manager
Joined: 03 Jan 2008
Posts: 104
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

Updated on: 02 Aug 2015, 11:31
8
26
Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson’s.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened.

B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson’s opened have been discount stores.

C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.

D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville’s population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.

E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

Originally posted by notahug on 19 Apr 2008, 13:29.
Last edited by ENGRTOMBA2018 on 02 Aug 2015, 11:31, edited 2 times in total.
Formatted the question
Manager
Joined: 19 Aug 2007
Posts: 193
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 13:47
[quote="notahug"]Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close
within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store
that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the
opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the
location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it

E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

I think it is E. The argument that the discount stores are expected to close within 5 years is based on what happened to the non dscount stores having to compete with Colson's. HOwever, if those discount stores, in question, sell things that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's they will probably not close since they are not directly competing against them anymore. Basically, this argument becomes flawed with the information stated in E since the previous scenario, with the non discount store can not be translated to the new scenario, since they are not slightly different.

if the stem had also said that the non discount stores closed, even though they sold different things, then E would not weaken the argument.
Manager
Joined: 03 Jan 2008
Posts: 104
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 13:56
GMat blow, my reasoning is:

THe argument does nothing to argue about "will the stores in the centre will close" (therefore E is not the case), but its flaw lies in the example it gave.

If in C, the number of store does not decrease, which means, no stores has been closed due to the open of Colson's ---> the reason that the author gave is wrong--> the argument is flaw.

THat's why I chose C
CEO
Joined: 17 May 2007
Posts: 2880
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 16:31
1
B for me.

Will explain more if I am right.
Director
Joined: 06 Jan 2008
Posts: 514
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 17:50
I could not understand the argument completely.
I took this test today..I choose B.
SVP
Joined: 04 May 2006
Posts: 1751
Schools: CBS, Kellogg
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 18:52
gmat blows wrote:
notahug wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close
within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store
that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the
opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the
location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it

E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

I think it is E. The argument that the discount stores are expected to close within 5 years is based on what happened to the non dscount stores having to compete with Colson's. HOwever, if those discount stores, in question, sell things that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's they will probably not close since they are not directly competing against them anymore. Basically, this argument becomes flawed with the information stated in E since the previous scenario, with the non discount store can not be translated to the new scenario, since they are not slightly different.

if the stem had also said that the non discount stores closed, even though they sold different things, then E would not weaken the argument.

You are right!

E

1. Flaw Assumption of this argument is analogy, in which the author said what happened with NON-discount store in privous 5 years will do the same with Distcount stores at this moment.

2. If we point out that there is a difference btw them, as in E, the assumption will be broken and weaken the conclusion of the argument.
_________________
VP
Joined: 10 Jun 2007
Posts: 1391
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 21:38
15
10
notahug wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close
within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store
that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the
opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the
location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did
before the SpendLess store opened.
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since
Colson’s opened have been discount stores.
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville’s population
will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s.

I first chose E, then a second thought I chose C
Yr reasoning pls!

B.

Here is the argument:
Colson eliminate all competitors, but competitors came back and fill up the space. Spendless also eliminate all competitors, and like Colson case, competitors will come back.

B validates that all the competitors that came back in Colson case are DISCOUNTED stores. This means that the competition came back because they can now compete by offering less price. However, this is different from SpendLess. Spendless is a discount store and competitors will not come back for the same reason as Colson case; thus, this weakens the argument.
CEO
Joined: 17 May 2007
Posts: 2880
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2008, 22:25
2
1
haha ok here's my explanation.
Lets look at it sequentially :
1. Colson - a non discount story (v imp) opened.
2. A new store opened for every store that closed because of 1.
3. Spendless discount store opens
4. Goreville's discount store close down
5. Will these empty locations get filled up ????

Statement 2 is used as support for conclusion - statement 5. B attacks statement 2.

notahug wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville’s central shopping district are expected to close
within five years as a result of competition from a SpendLess discount department store
that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the
opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the
location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson’s.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Many customers of Colson’s are expected to do less shopping there than they did
before the SpendLess store opened. [so that means colson will do less business - not relevant ]
B. Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since
Colson’s opened have been discount stores. [ BINGO !! now these shops, will close down if a non discount store opens. But what can replace these ???]
C. At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it
ever had. [ I fail to see how this is relevant ]
D. Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville’s population
will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades. [Irrelevant again]
E. Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not
available at either SpendLess or Colson’s. [so if that is the case then these shops will not close down in the first place right ?]

I first chose E, then a second thought I chose C
Yr reasoning pls!
Director
Joined: 25 Oct 2008
Posts: 543
Location: Kolkata,India
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 Aug 2009, 20:25
Conclusion : those locations will not stay vacant for long.

Why ?? : The author draws a parallelism from another incident which goes on as : In the five years since the opening of Colson’s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson’s.

It is very important to know the structure and the scope of the argument. Here the way B is weakening is by providing an alternative cause to an effect. If you go through the chapter of Cause and Effect(PowerScore Bible), it would be much more evident.The chapter gives various ways in which a cause-and effect relationship can be weakend.

Quote:
I think C is pretty close. If there are already lot of stores in the shopping dist. thus reducing the need for more stores and hence the stores that closed down might remain vacant for little longer time.

C is out of scope.
_________________

http://gmatclub.com/forum/countdown-beginshas-ended-85483-40.html#p649902

Manager
Joined: 22 Jul 2009
Posts: 170
Location: Manchester UK
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

Updated on: 25 Apr 2017, 01:03
6
28
Although the discount stores in Goreville's central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a result of competition from a Spend Less discount department store that just opened, those locations will not stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the Spend Less store opened.
(B) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been discount stores.
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.
(D) Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades.
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colson's.

Originally posted by sagarsabnis on 25 Dec 2009, 08:47.
Last edited by hazelnut on 25 Apr 2017, 01:03, edited 3 times in total.
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Aug 2009
Posts: 6787
Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

25 Dec 2009, 11:39
12
4
sagarsabnis wrote:
Although the discount stores in Goreville's central shopping district are expected to close within five years as a
result of competition from a Spend Less discount department store that just opened, those locations will not
stay vacant for long. In the five years since the opening of Colson's, a nondiscount department store, a new
store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete
with Colson's.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many customers of Colson's are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the Spend Less
store opened....NO RELEVANCE
(8) Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colson's opened have been
discount stores.seems most relevant... since it were discount stores that opened after shops closed after colsons opened...and these very stores are the one which are likely to close as a result of Spend Less discount department store so not likely that new shops will open
(C) At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had.no relevance
(D) Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Goreville's population will grow at a faster rate
than it has for the past several decades.no effect on argument
(E) Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either
SpendLess or Colson's.would have been ok to argue against closing of existing shops but argument is opening of new shops

_________________

1) Absolute modulus : http://gmatclub.com/forum/absolute-modulus-a-better-understanding-210849.html#p1622372
2)Combination of similar and dissimilar things : http://gmatclub.com/forum/topic215915.html
3) effects of arithmetic operations : https://gmatclub.com/forum/effects-of-arithmetic-operations-on-fractions-269413.html

GMAT online Tutor

Re: Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping &nbs [#permalink] 25 Dec 2009, 11:39

Go to page    1   2   3   4    Next  [ 72 posts ]

Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Although the discount stores in Goreville central shopping

Moderators: GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo

# Events & Promotions

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.