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GMATNinja, GMATninja2, Does not option A break the assumption of the author i.e. with small retail market share a company cannot cause upheaval in the office-equipment retail business.

For option B my thought is- Despite prices down throughout the retail market for office supplies can small firms not survive in the market? yes they can

I would appreciate your assistance to clear my doubt how option B is a better choice.
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GMATNinja, GMATninja2, Does not option A break the assumption of the author i.e. with small retail market share a company cannot cause upheaval in the office-equipment retail business.

For option B my thought is- Despite prices down throughout the retail market for office supplies can small firms not survive in the market? yes they can

I would appreciate your assistance to clear my doubt how option B is a better choice.

Choice (A) is not talking about the retail market at all. Instead, it talks about non-retail sales to manufacturers. Thus, (A) is not relevant to this argument.

Yes, (B) does not PROVE that the author's argument is wrong. It is certainly possible that small retail firms could survive despite lower prices. But we are simply looking for the answer that, if true, would most weaken the argument.

If (B) is true, then the small firms MUST have lowered their prices. Unless they can suddenly cut costs, this means that their revenues and profits have decreased. This could certainly explain why many small firms have gone out of business.

Again, we don't need to prove that the lowered prices caused many small firms to go out of business. But (B) definitely weakens the author's argument by providing evidence supporting that possibility.

I hope that helps!
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