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Last year's receipts from the sale of candy on Valentine's Day totaled 385 million dollars, which represented 7 percent of total candy sales for the year. Candy sales for the year totaled how many million dollars?

(A) 55

(B) 550

(C) 2,695

(D) 5,500

(E) 26,950

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Last year's receipts from the sale of candy on Valentine's Day totaled 385 million dollars, which represented 7 percent of total candy sales for the year. Candy sales for the year totaled how many million dollars?

(A) 55

(B) 550

(C) 2,695

(D) 5,500

(E) 26,950


385 million dollars = 7% of total candy sales;

\(385 = \frac{7}{100}*x\);

\(x =\frac{385*100}{7} = 5,500\).

Answer: D.
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Since 385 million $ is 7% of the total candy sales, 1% is 55 million dollars.
Hence, 100% of the candy sales is 5500 million dollars(Option D)
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D because if 7% is 385 then 1% is 55 and 100% will be 5500


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Last year's receipts from the sale of candy on Valentine's Day totaled 385 million dollars, which represented 7 percent of total candy sales for the year. Candy sales for the year totaled how many million dollars?

(A) 55

(B) 550

(C) 2,695

(D) 5,500

(E) 26,950


Letting n = the total candy sales for the year, we can create a proportion:

7/385 = 100/n

7n = 385 x 100

n = 55 x 100 = 5500

Alternate Solution:

Letting n = the total candy sales for the year, we can create the following equation:

0.07n = 385

7n = 38500

n = 5500 million

Answer: D
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Last year's receipts from the sale of candy on Valentine's Day totaled 385 million dollars, which represented 7 percent of total candy sales for the year. Candy sales for the year totaled how many million dollars?

(A) 55

(B) 550

(C) 2,695

(D) 5,500

(E) 26,950


GIVEN: 385 million dollars represents 7% of TOTAL candy sales
In other words: 7% of TOTAL candy sales = 385 million dollars
Rewrite as: (7/100)(TOTAL candy sales) = 385 million
To multiply both sides by 100/7 to get: TOTAL candy sales = (100/7)(385 million)

ASIDE: We need not perform any complex calculations here.
Notice that the answer choices are VERY spread apart. This means we can be quite AGGRESSIVE with our estimation.
100/7 ≈ 14 and 385 million is close to 400 million
In fact, let's round 100/7 all the way up to 15

We get: TOTAL candy sales ≈ (15)(400 million)
≈6,000 million dollars

Check the answer choices.....only one answer choice is close to 6,000

Answer: D

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385 million dollars represent 7 percent of total candy sales for the year

Lets take total candy sales is X

Now, 385 = 7/100 * X
X = 385*100/7 = 5,500

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385 = 7
x = 100

Cross multiply it.

7x = 38500
x=38500/7
x=5500

Answer is D
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carcass wrote:
Last year's receipts from the sale of candy on Valentine's Day totaled 385 million dollars, which represented 7 percent of total candy sales for the year. Candy sales for the year totaled how many million dollars?

(A) 55

(B) 550

(C) 2,695

(D) 5,500

(E) 26,950

\(\frac{385}{7}*100 = 5500\), Answer must be (D)
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