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# Last year in a group of 30 businesses, 21 reported a net

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Last year in a group of 30 businesses, 21 reported a net profit and 15 had investments in foreign markets. How many of the businesses did not report a net profit nor invest in foreign markets last year?

(1) last year 12 of the 30 businesses reported a net profit and had investments in foreign markets.

(2) last year 24 of the 30 businesses reported a net profit or invested in foreign markets, or both.

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Last edited by Bunuel on 04 Aug 2012, 00:57, edited 2 times in total.
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28 Jan 2007, 09:08
A group problem.

A + B - both + neither = total

21 + 15 - both + neither = 30

(1)

both = 12

(2)

A + B - both = 24

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A group problem.

A + B - both + neither = total

21 + 15 - both + neither = 30

(1)

both = 12

(2)

A + B - both = 24

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04 Aug 2012, 00:38
Hi, Can someone please walk me through how values provided in statement 2 can be put into Grid method used for solving such questions

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Hi, Can someone please walk me through how values provided in statement 2 can be put into Grid method used for solving such questions

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Last year in a group of 30 businesses, 21 reported a net profit and 15 had investments in foreign markets. How many of the businesses did not report a net profit nor invest in foreign markets last year?

Given: {Total} = {Profit} + {Investment} - {Both} + {Neither} --> 30=21+15-{Both}+{Neither} --> {Neither} = {Both} - 6.
Question: {Neither} = ?

(1) Last year 12 of the 30 businesses reported a net profit and had investments in foreign markets --> {Both} = 12 --> {Neither}={Both}-6=12-6=6. Sufficient.

(2) Last year 24 of the 30 businesses reported a net profit or invested in foreign markets, or both --> {Profit} + {Investment} - {Both} = 24 --> 21+15-{Both}=24 --> {Both}=12 --> {Neither}={Both}-6=12-6=6. Sufficient.

As you can see the problem can be easily solved without a matrix, but anyway here you go, matrix for statement (2):

(2) says that a+b+c=24, on the other hand a+b+c+d=30=Total --> 24+d=30 --> d=6. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

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