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# Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some

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Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high-priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relatively short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response: it now equals that of cocoa.

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) Pepper is a profitable crop only if it is grown on a large scale.
(B) World consumption of pepper has been unusually high for three years.
(C) World production of pepper will return to previous levels once normal weather returns.
(D) Surplus stocks of pepper have been reduced in the past three years.
(E) The profits that the growers of pepper have made in the past three years have been unprecedented

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29 Dec 2005, 12:17
(D) Is correct as the sales was high and the production was low. the surplus should have eroded.

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29 Dec 2005, 13:35
I will go with D. Hope I got this one right.

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HIMALAYA thanks for posting good BF CRs. That really helps to think more and find what is the conclusion and the supporting arguments....
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29 Dec 2005, 13:58
D can be infered from the statements

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29 Dec 2005, 16:00
Another one for D. Same explanation as the others.

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29 Dec 2005, 19:16
giddi77 wrote:
I will go with D. Hope I got this one right.

Thanks vivek for providing some relief after HIMALAYA's BF CRs.

HIMALAYA thanks for posting good BF CRs. That really helps to think more and find what is the conclusion and the supporting arguments....

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29 Dec 2005, 19:18
subbu,giddi,SunShine,hkm,

What is the basis for elimination of 'B'?

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29 Dec 2005, 19:53
Vivek,

The argument basically says that the supply has reduced due to various reasons and hence the price has gone up. Now the demand could have still remained unchanged and there would still not be enough pepper or the demand could have increased. We don't know. Since the question asks what MUST be true, B is eliminated.

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29 Dec 2005, 19:57
plsubbu wrote:
Vivek,

The argument basically says that the supply has reduced due to various reasons and hence the price has gone up. Now the demand could have still remained unchanged and there would still not be enough pepper or the demand could have increased. We don't know. Since the question asks what MUST be true, B is eliminated.

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29 Dec 2005, 22:42
vivek123 wrote:
subbu,giddi,SunShine,hkm,

What is the basis for elimination of 'B'?

Vivek,
My reasoning is similar to psubbu's. The premise says PRODUCTION is lagging behiend SALES.

INCREASE in demand could be one of the reasons for price increase. The demand could also be CONSTANT, but the production lagging behiend sales might be contributing to the price increase. So B can be true or false.
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30 Dec 2005, 21:39
Thanks friends,

No doubt, OA is 'D'

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31 Dec 2005, 15:36
I would go with D..

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