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Although the discount stores in Gorevilleâ€™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 Colsonâ€™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 Colsonâ€™s.

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

A:Many customers of Colsonâ€™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 Colsonâ€™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 Gorevilleâ€™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 Colsonâ€™s.
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18 Sep 2006, 22:20
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18 Sep 2006, 23:16
I believe that in order to weaken the argument, we need to prove that the closed stores will not be replaced by new stores.
I will go with B.

However, if the argument is that stores will not close inspite of new competition, then tennis_ball is correct.
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19 Sep 2006, 00:10
apoorvgupta wrote:
I believe that in order to weaken the argument, we need to prove that the closed stores will not be replaced by new stores.
I will go with B.

However, if the argument is that stores will not close inspite of new competition, then tennis_ball is correct.

What is the argument in this case .....?? I cannot spot it.

Any CR guru here please stand up...
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19 Sep 2006, 00:22
apoorvgupta wrote:
I believe that in order to weaken the argument, we need to prove that the closed stores will not be replaced by new stores.
I will go with B.

However, if the argument is that stores will not close inspite of new competition, then tennis_ball is correct.

i agree this argument is quite confusing, because its premise and conclusion are not very clear.

Since SpendLess is a discount and Colson's is a non discount store, I think in order for the rest of the stores to survive, they gotta sell something different, because these 2 big stores have covered both the discount and non-discount.
That was my understanding. But I am quite confused too.
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19 Sep 2006, 01:20
tennis_ball wrote:
apoorvgupta wrote:
I believe that in order to weaken the argument, we need to prove that the closed stores will not be replaced by new stores.
I will go with B.

However, if the argument is that stores will not close inspite of new competition, then tennis_ball is correct.

i agree this argument is quite confusing, because its premise and conclusion are not very clear.

Since SpendLess is a discount and Colson's is a non discount store, I think in order for the rest of the stores to survive, they gotta sell something different, because these 2 big stores have covered both the discount and non-discount.
That was my understanding. But I am quite confused too.

sorry for the delayed OA tennis_ball. Please do reply to my posts in the future!

Conclusion is: The stores that will be closed after SpendLess opens will not have to remain vacant for long.

Premise is: In the five years since the opening of Colsonâ€™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 Colsonâ€™s.

This is an analogy argument: The argument assumes that the situations when Colson's opened and when SpendLess will open are identical.

To weaken the argument: We have to show that the stores WILL remain vacant for a long time. (i.e, we need to show that the two situations are NOT analogous)

A:Many customers of Colsonâ€™s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened. - We are not worried about Colson's customers. WRONG

B:Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colsonâ€™s opened have been discount stores. - YES. Because they are discount stores - Right by POE

C:At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had. - Strengthens the argument. WRONG

D:Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Gorevilleâ€™s population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades. - Strengthens the argument. WRONG

E:Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colsonâ€™s. - So? This is irrelevant. WRONG
19 Sep 2006, 01:20
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