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# In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie

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In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie theaters started popping its popcorn in canola oil, instead of the less healthy conconut oil that it had been using until then. Now Moviemania is planning to switch back, saying that the change has hurt popcorn sales. That claim is false, however, since according to MovieMania's own sales figures, Moviemania sold 5 percent more popcorn last year than in the previous year.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument against Moviemania's claim?

A) Total sales of all refreshments at MovieMania's Movie Theaters increased by less less than 5 percent

B) Moviemania makes more money on food and beverages sold at its theaters than it does on sales of movie tickets.

C) Moviemania's customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.

D) Total attendance at Moviemania's movie theaters was more than 20 percent higher last year than the year before.

E) The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.

Pls explain your answer....I see why my choice is wrong but dont understand the OA.
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20 Aug 2004, 10:42
MM's claim : sales are down.
Counter claim : sales are not down.

A) Total sales of all refreshments at MovieMania's Movie Theaters increased by less less than 5 percent
This says Popcorn increased more than the average refreshment. Seems to support counter claim.

B) Moviemania makes more money on food and beverages sold at its theaters than it does on sales of movie tickets.
Who cares, irrelevant.

C) Moviemania's customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.
Supports MM's claim.

D) Total attendance at Moviemania's movie theaters was more than 20 percent higher last year than the year before.
Supports MM's claim, by saying that the people vastly outgrew the popcorn sales.

E) The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.
Supports MM's claim, saying that popcorn growth slowed.

I choose A.
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20 Aug 2004, 11:57
A I think so.

If there is anything wrong with A then my second choice would be C.
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20 Aug 2004, 12:02
Bhai wrote:
If there is anything wrong with A then my second choice would be C.

C actually wrongs counter. It supports the movie theaters claim. We are trying to counter the movie theaters claim.
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20 Aug 2004, 17:29
SigEpUCI wrote:
MM's claim : sales are down.
Counter claim : sales are not down.

A) Total sales of all refreshments at MovieMania's Movie Theaters increased by less less than 5 percent
This says Popcorn increased more than the average refreshment. Seems to support counter claim.

B) Moviemania makes more money on food and beverages sold at its theaters than it does on sales of movie tickets.
Who cares, irrelevant.

C) Moviemania's customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.
Supports MM's claim.

D) Total attendance at Moviemania's movie theaters was more than 20 percent higher last year than the year before.
Supports MM's claim, by saying that the people vastly outgrew the popcorn sales.

E) The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.
Supports MM's claim, saying that popcorn growth slowed.

I choose A.

I see your point. The OA is "A".

So ure saying that though the total sales of all refreshement increased by less than 5%, the popcorn sales increased by a whole lot more (as specified in the stimulus) and therefore it strengthen's MM's counter claim? I thought this question was nebulous because this answer choice doesnt stand out (atleast to me).

I chose answer choice "D" - what is wrong with that? Why did you eliminate answer choice "D". Is it too far a stretch of the imagination that > # of people ===> higher sales?
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20 Aug 2004, 18:23
The company is trying to say the the switch hurt their sales.

If the amount of people increased by 20%, but popcorn increased only by 5%, then they lost ground, and the company is probably right.

We need to counter the companys claim.
20 Aug 2004, 18:23
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