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# The recent upheaval in the office-equipment retail business,

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The recent upheaval in the office-equipment retail business, in which many small firms have gone out of business, has been attributed to the advent of office equipment â€œsuperstoresâ€

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25 Apr 2006, 20:32
Good Question.....
And I am totally lost

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26 Apr 2006, 00:10
I choose B...

Because if the superstores keep the prices low throughout the retail market, they influence all the partcipants and therefore the smaller participants are going bust.....

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26 Apr 2006, 02:20
I'll go with B.........

The flawed argument states that superstores cannot be held responsible for the upheavel.
Hence B weakens it by stating how superstores are responsible for it.

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26 Apr 2006, 04:47
Agree with B)
The argument claims that the advent of the superstores, with their low prices, has forced small retailers out of business.The author claims that the analisys is flawed cause the superstores control small part of the market. Therefore, the reason that smal retailes lose business can not be the lower prices. If B) is true then there is no flaw in the analisys and the reason is low prices

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26 Apr 2006, 09:45
C it is
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27 Apr 2006, 05:05
prephtase this as analysis is correct-so answer is B.
Let me know the OA

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27 Apr 2006, 08:19
(A) Out of scope

(C) Close, but not good enough. Some have gone out of business. COuld be just a few businesses and we could not attribute cost competition to their closure.

(D) Out of scope

(E) Out of scope

B should be the best choice. It says small firms have gone out of business because superstores keep prices low. If these superstores practice heavy advertising and this resulted in the price dropping across the market, then the analysis is not flawed.

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27 Apr 2006, 08:19
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