An analysis of the XO Candy Corporation divided its products into two categories: chocolate-based candies and non-chocolate-based candies. The analysis shows that, unlike the non-chocolate candies, few chocolate candies sold enough units to be profitable. Nevertheless, stopping production of the unprofitable chocolate candies will not necessarily make the entire company more profitable, because__________________ .

Which of the following most logically completes the passage?

(A) a large proportion of XO’s customers are those who initially bought XO’s chocolate candies and eventually went on to buy other candies made by XO.

(B) XO has recently removed its two lowest-selling chocolate candies from their product line and replaced them with different types of chocolate candies.

(C) the recipes of the chocolate candies date from the 19th century, while the non-chocolate candies were all developed more recently.

(D) the chocolate candies are distributed differently than the non-chocolate candies, as chocolates are more popular on the coasts.

(E) fewer people eat candy at all than they did a decade ago because of growing concern about obesity.

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