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The latest census of the town in which Jacob’s hardware store is located has revealed that the population of new residents has increased tenfold since 1980. Though Jacob has not encountered any new competition for business during this time period, his inventory records indicate that the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers that he sells per year has risen only slightly over the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers he sold yearly prior to 1980.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the discrepancy outlined above?


(A) Since 1980, many of the single-home properties have been subdivided into smaller single-home parcels.

(B) Inflation has caused the prices of the machines to increase every year since 1980.

(C) All of the housing built in Jacob’s town since 1980 has been large apartment complexes.

(D) The average snowfall since 1980 has decreased from 6 feet per year to 4 feet per year.

(E) Jacob’s store only carries two brands of lawnmowers and snowblowers.
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The latest census of the town in which Jacob’s hardware store is located has revealed that the population of new residents has increased tenfold since 1980. Though Jacob has not encountered any new competition for business during this time period, his inventory records indicate that the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers that he sells per year has risen only slightly over the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers he sold yearly prior to 1980.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the discrepancy outlined above?
(A) Since 1980, many of the single-home properties have been subdivided into smaller single-home parcels.
(B) Inflation has caused the prices of the machines to increase every year since 1980.
(C) All of the housing built in Jacob’s town since 1980 has been large apartment complexes.
(D) The average snowfall since 1980 has decreased from 6 feet per year to 4 feet per year.
(E) Jacob’s store only carries two brands of lawnmowers and snowblowers.

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C is the answer here :
Here we need to resolve the conflict that why increase in population did not attributed to much rise in the purchase of machines ...

C says that only big complex apartment were constructed since 1980 ---now one apartment can accommodate a high number of family but obviously it will require mostly one machine for apartment .....it gives a reason why sale have not increased as anticipated...
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A is opposite to what is stated in C.
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Can somebody please explain choice A. What do they mean by smaller single home parcels ?
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How am I supposed to know apartments don't have lawns ? The large apartment complexes can be so fashionably designed that they provide a lawn to every one.
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The latest census of the town in which Jacob’s hardware store is located has revealed that the population of new residents has increased tenfold since 1980. Though Jacob has not encountered any new competition for business during this time period, his inventory records indicate that the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers that he sells per year has risen only slightly over the average number of lawnmowers and snowblowers he sold yearly prior to 1980.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the discrepancy outlined above?


(A) Since 1980, many of the single-home properties have been subdivided into smaller single-home parcels.

(B) Inflation has caused the prices of the machines to increase every year since 1980.

(C) All of the housing built in Jacob’s town since 1980 has been large apartment complexes.

(D) The average snowfall since 1980 has decreased from 6 feet per year to 4 feet per year.

(E) Jacob’s store only carries two brands of lawnmowers and snowblowers.


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If the vast majority of people who moved into Jacob's town since 1980 moved into apartments, there would be no increase in lawnmowers or snowblowers because they would have no property that would require the use of the machines in question. Therefore, the demand for those machines bought would not substantially increase, and (C) is the best explanation for the discrepancy. Demand for the products is not diminished by inflation, (B); nor is demand diminished by Jacob's product selection (E), because the given information states that he has not encountered any new competition that would influence his sales. (A) is invalid because the demand for the two products would increase if more single-home properties were created in the town. Besides the fact that (D) does not address the apparent discrepancy in lawn mower sales, it is not a suitable explanation because a decrease in average snowfall would only decrease the demand for snowblowers if it were significant enough for the blowers to be no longer needed. That is not the case here.
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New post 23 Apr 2019, 22:29
Thank you all for the explanation. But I am confused with the fact that there was still "slight increase" in the number of machines sold, so shouldn't the answer choice (C) say that "most of the housing built" instead of "all of the housing built"?.

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