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Shopkeeper: Every year, for the past five years, we have had to raise

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Shopkeeper: Every year, for the past five years, we have had to raise the price of our merchandise just to stay in business; this is because our electricity and heating costs have risen continually due to annual increases in the price of heating oil in the neighboring country of Navinia, from which we import all our oils. Unless we decide to import our oil from another country or reduce our dependence on heating oil, we should expect to increase our prices again next year.

Which of the following most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. Navinia's oil prices are expected to rise next year, but not to the degree that they have in the past.
B. Oil is less expensive for residents of Navinia than for those living in neighboring countries.
C. Heating oil, unlike other oils, is necessary for the profitable operation of all shops.
D. Navinia will not increase the price of heating oil that is intended for export next year.
E. At least one country other than Navinia offers to sell heating oil at significantly lower prices.
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Looks D. The argument is based on the premise that there has been an annual increase in heating oil price in Navinia. D weakens the claim by suggesting that Navinia will not increase the price of oil that is meant for export. If that's the case, there won't be a need to increase merchandise price this year.

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Why not E? I am confused between D and E. I picked E.

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