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# From 1965 to 1988, spending on food in the United States

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From 1965 to 1988, spending on food in the United States climbed 46 percent. But over that same period, spending on food to be consumed at home — purchased mainly from supermarkets — grew by only 20 percent.

Which of the following statements about the period from 1965 to 1988 in the United States is best supported by the statements above?

(A) Spending on food increased at restaurants and other food retailers that prepare food to be consumed away from home.
(B) Shoppers spent more on certain food products to be consumed at home that are not generally available in supermarkets.
(C) Food prices at supermarkets neither rose nor dropped relative to food prices at other food retailers.
(D There was a decrease in the number of heads of households, who tend to spend more than other household members on food consumed away from home.
(E) The number of people who ate at restaurants decreased relative to the number of people who ordered take-out food from restaurants.

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02 Apr 2010, 00:32
rohitgoel15 wrote:
From 1965 to 1988, spending on food in the United States climbed 46 percent. But over that same period, spending on food to be consumed at home — purchased mainly from supermarkets — grew by only 20 percent.
Which of the following statements about the period from 1965 to 1988 in the United States is best supported by the statements above?
(A) Spending on food increased at restaurants and other food retailers that prepare food to be consumed away from home.
(B) Shoppers spent more on certain food products to be consumed at home that are not generally available in supermarkets.
(C) Food prices at supermarkets neither rose nor dropped relative to food prices at other food retailers.
(D There was a decrease in the number of heads of households, who tend to spend more than other household members on food consumed away from home.
(E) The number of people who ate at restaurants decreased relative to the number of people who ordered take-out food from restaurants.

IMO A
Spending on food increased at restaurants and other food retailers that prepare food to be consumed away from home.
it says food consumption increased at restaurant and other food retailers. one of the major reason that overall food consumption increased by 46% as compared to only 20% at home

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05 Apr 2010, 00:15
A
or I didn't see the catch.
Overall spending on food has increased much more than spending on food at home i.e. 20%. So, the rest could be attributed to food expenditure outside home.

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05 Apr 2010, 11:45
I would pick (A) unless there is something hidden which I missed, as usual.

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05 Apr 2010, 12:30
Even I'll go with A !
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05 Apr 2010, 19:00
given:
1) spending on food increased by 46%
2) spending on food consumed at home incrased by 20%
=> the remaning increase must be spending on food outisde home.
hence, (A) is correct.

B) doesn't matter if it is from supermarket or not. still it is food consumed at home and only accounts for 20% increase.
C) nothing about prices is told.
D) nothing about the household members is told.
E) nothing about the number of peopel is told. just the amount spent is mentioned.

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07 Aug 2011, 08:56
From 1965 to 1988, spending on food in the US climbed 46%. But over that same period, spending on food to be consumed at home purchased mainly from supermarkets grew by only 20%.

Which of the following statements about the period from 1965 to 1988 in the US is best supported by the statements above?

A. Spending on food increased at restaurants and other food retailers that prepare food to be consumed away from home.

B. Shoppers spent more on certain food products to be consumed at home that are not generally available in supermarkets.

C. Food prices at supermarkets neither rose nor dropped relative to food prices at other food retailers.

D. There was a decrease in the number of heads of households, who tend to spend more than other household members on food consumed away from home..

E. The number of people who ate at restaurants decreased relative to the number of people who ordered take out food from restaurants.

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07 Aug 2011, 08:57
I eliminated C,D,E easily.

Between A and B, I chose B..
but OA is A.

Can someone please post an explanation, and tell me where i am wrong.

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07 Aug 2011, 10:27
amritgodofwar wrote:
I eliminated C,D,E easily.

Between A and B, I chose B..
but OA is A.

Can someone please post an explanation, and tell me where i am wrong.

Thanks.
Amrit.

A is definately strong. B is tempting but think that people buying from regular stores 26% and 20% from supermarket.
Compared with 26% spending on restaurants and 20% on supermarkets makes more sense.

Also B reads people bought 'certain products' from regular stores. if it would have said a 'very high percentage' of food from regular stores... B would have been a better choice.
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07 Aug 2011, 10:38
i really didnt understand what the question is trying to say..

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amritgodofwar wrote:
I eliminated C,D,E easily.

Between A and B, I chose B..
but OA is A.

Can someone please post an explanation, and tell me where i am wrong.

Thanks.
Amrit.

The stimulus says that spending on food to be consumed at home grew by only 20% which implies spending on food not consumed at home must have increased to balance out the spending. A says the same thing.

B says shoppers spent more on certain food products to be consumed at home that are no generally available in supermarket . This is not strong enough since according to stimulus most spending on food to be consumed at home was done at supermarket.

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08 Aug 2011, 00:07
I too am leaning toward B.

I feel that the Conclusion states:

Spending on home food [strike]to be consumed at home[/strike] purchased mainly from supermarkets grew by only 20%. ==> The purchases made at Supermarket grew by just 20 %.

What is the source of this Problem ?

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08 Aug 2011, 00:09
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I too am leaning toward B.

I feel that the Conclusion states:

Spending on home food [strike]to be consumed at home[/strike] purchased mainly from supermarkets grew by only 20%. ==> The purchases made at Supermarket grew by just 20 %.

What is the source of this Problem ?

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08 Aug 2011, 00:10
amritgodofwar wrote:
crick20002002 wrote:
I too am leaning toward B.

I feel that the Conclusion states:

Spending on home food [strike]to be consumed at home[/strike] purchased mainly from supermarkets grew by only 20%. ==> The purchases made at Supermarket grew by just 20 %.

What is the source of this Problem ?

Crick

Source is Jamboree

I chose B initially, but then when i read the explanation specified above, I convinced myself that it's A and not B, though I'm still not fully convinced...

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08 Aug 2011, 05:22
Lets assume that earlier the spending on food was \$100
Now the spending on food is 146\$
Increase = 46\$
Increased spending on food consumable at home = 20\$ [ this food was mainly purchased from Supermarket]
Remaining 26\$ must be spent on food not consumable at home - This is exactly what choice A says.

B cannot be the answer as B says "Shoppers spent more on certain food products to be consumed at home that are not generally available in supermarkets." but it doesn't say anything about the percent increase. Even if I assume that it means percent increase then this would just negate the stimulus which says that majority of the spending on food consumable at home was done at supermarket. Enough for me to eliminate this choice.

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http://gmatclub.com/forum/spending-on-food-92176.html

There are two hyphens in the actual question, they change the inference of the Conclusion and in line with why A would be correct.

If Jamboree's version of question does not include the hyphens (-), you should definitely look at more standard sources.

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08 Aug 2011, 06:32
Crick.. Thanks for the link.. That really helps to solve the ambiguity!!
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04 Apr 2012, 10:31
IMO B,..........

A doesn't exclude the possibility of food being purchases from supermarket...

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11 May 2012, 11:20
I used POE and see no relevance in other choices so I picked A. Any one know the OA?

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12 May 2012, 14:20
Since thee was an increase in over all spending for food, but decrease in one part spent on food...

it is quite obvious that that some thing has to increase in-order for that statement to be true , Statement A fits the logic correctly

Hence A

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