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# Sales manager: Last year the total number of meals sold in our company

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GMATNinja can you please give explanation for this question.

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Sales manager: Last year the total number of meals sold in our company restaurants was much higher than it was the year before. Obviously, consumers find our meals desirable.
Accountant: If you look at individual restaurants, however, you find that the number of meals sold actually decreased substantially at every one of our restaurants that was in operation both last year and the year before. The desirability of our meals to consumers has clearly decreased, given that this group of restaurants---the only ones for which we have sales figures that permit a comparison between last year and the year before---demonstrates a trend toward fewer sales

Last year TOTAL number of sold meals was > then it was year before.
Yet, individually by sales dropped at every restaurants that was in operation both last year and the year before

How total number can be increased but individually by each restaurant decreased?
Total sales are 100pcs in 2020Y, and 2 restaurants sold 50 meals each.
Total sales are 110 pcs 2021Y, and 2 restaurants sales dropped by 25 meals each
How to make total 110 if 2 restaurants sales were 50 meals ? The difference 60 meals comes from at least one NEW restaurant that did not fall under the conditions was in operation both last year and the year before
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Sales Manager is saying the total number of meals increased. ==> They find it desirable.

Accountant is saying: Every operating restaurant saw a decrease in number of meals.

==> There must be more operating restaurants last year than the year before.

(A) The company opened at least one new restaurant in the last two years. : Correct. Same as we thought.
(B) The companyâ€™s meals are less competitive than they once were. OFS. No relation to what has been said.
(C) The quality of the companyâ€™s meals has not improved over the last two years. Quality is also OFS.
(D) The prices of the companyâ€™s meals have changed over the past two years. Price is also OFS as we are talking about the quantity.
(E) The market share captured by the companyâ€™s restaurants fell last year. Market Share is irrelevant.
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Sales manager: Last year the total number of meals sold in our company restaurants was much higher than it was the year before. Obviously, consumers find our meals desirable.
Accountant: If you look at individual restaurants, however, you find that the number of meals sold actually decreased substantially at every one of our restaurants that was in operation both last year and the year before. The desirability of our meals to consumers has clearly decreased, given that this group of restaurants---the only ones for which we have sales figures that permit a comparison between last year and the year before---demonstrates a trend toward fewer sales.

If the sales figures cited by the accountant and the sales manager are both accurate, which one of the following must be true?

(A) The company opened at least one new restaurant in the last two years.
(B) The company's meals are less competitive than they once were.
(C) The quality of the company's meals has not improved over the last two years.
(D) The prices of the company's meals have changed over the past two years.
(E) The market share captured by the company's restaurants fell last year.
All except A are dealing in factors that are not discussed in the passage. More importantly none of those factors affect the passage at all because of which they can't be inferred.
The only way such a difference to exist is possible if the restaurants in focus differ in number between sales manager's and that of accountant's.
A elaborates perfectly why that might have been possible.