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The latest Economic Times report reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, a significant decrease from the 9.4 percent reported in December 2013.

A) reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, a significant decrease
B) has revealed that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans now being foreclosed and a significant decrease
C) revealed that, 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry being unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans were being foreclosed, significantly decreasing
D) reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry now unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, significantly decreasing
E) revealed that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are currently now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans now being foreclosed and a significant decrease
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The latest Economic Times report reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, a significant decrease from the 9.4 percent reported in December 2013.

A) reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, a significant decrease
B) has revealed that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are now unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans now being foreclosed and a significant decrease
C) revealed that, 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry being unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans were being foreclosed, significantly decreasing
D) reveals that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry now unable to pay back their credit on time, 7.2 percent of business loans are now being foreclosed, significantly decreasing
E) revealed that 25.6 percent of retailers in the clothing industry are currently now unable to pay back their credit on time; 7.2 percent of business loans now being foreclosed and a significant decrease

Dear mandeey,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

I will say that I absolutely love the SC format, but I find this question tedious. This sentence has a half a mile of underlined material with only picayune variations. To that extent, it doesn't feel like an official GMAT SC question.

Split #1: The idiomatic way to communicate the information in the second half would be
[numerical fact], a significant decrease in X
The construction "significantly decreasing" is flamboyantly awkward: (C) & (D) are wrong.

Split #2: that same construction is an appositive phrase. An appositive phrase must directly follow the noun it modifies. Having the conjunction "and" between the target noun and the appositive phrase is 100% wrong: (B) & (E) are wrong.

Right there, the only possible answer is (A). This is formulaic and lackluster question.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)
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