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Statistics from the National Booksellers Association indicate that during the last five years most bookstores have started to experience declining revenues from the sale of fiction, despite national campaigns to encourage people to read more fiction. Therefore, these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Mail order book clubs have enjoyed substantial growth in fiction sales throughout the last five years.
(B) During the last five years the most profitable items in bookstores have been newspapers and periodicals rather than novels.
(C) Fierce competition has forced booksellers to make drastic markdowns on the cover price of best-selling biographies.
(D) Due to the poor economic conditions that have prevailed during the last five years, most libraries report substantial increases in the number of patrons seeking books on changing careers and starting new businesses.
(E) The National Booksellers Association statistics do not include profits from selling novels by mail to overseas customers.

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Statistics from the National Booksellers Association indicate that during the last five years most bookstores have started to experience declining revenues from the sale of fiction, despite national campaigns to encourage people to read more fiction. Therefore, these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Mail order book clubs have enjoyed substantial growth in fiction sales throughout the last five years.
(B) During the last five years the most profitable items in bookstores have been newspapers and periodicals rather than novels.
(C) Fierce competition has forced booksellers to make drastic markdowns on the cover price of best-selling biographies.
(D) Due to the poor economic conditions that have prevailed during the last five years, most libraries report substantial increases in the number of patrons seeking books on changing careers and starting new businesses.
(E) The National Booksellers Association statistics do not include profits from selling novels by mail to overseas customers.


The statement to waken is reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.
The best way will be if we can prove ppl are still buying books and the sales have increased even if not from bookstores.

A is exactly what we want.
It tells a lot more are brought from mail book club. Thus it weakens the conclusion
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Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

Can somebody explain what is missing?

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Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

Can somebody explain what is missing?

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C doesn't weaken that "these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful." It largely explains that since these bookstores are reducing costs but has no impact on conclusion
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