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# The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the

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The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the percentage profit earned by the seller?

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33.3
(E) 40

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11 Apr 2019, 00:06
Bunuel wrote:
The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the percentage profit earned by the seller?

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33.3
(E) 40

*** we are dealing with 15 items.

set the cost price per item.

let cost price per item be 1.

cp of 15 items = 15

sp of 15 items = cost price of 20 items.

therefore , sp of 15 items = 20

profit = 20 - 15 = 5.

required % = (5/15) *100 = 33.3.

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11 Apr 2019, 00:35
The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the percentage profit earned by the seller?

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33.3
(E) 40

Let 'x' be the Cost price(C.P)
Selling price = z

$$z = x*(1+y/100)$$ ('y' be the profit percentage)

Given, 20*x = 15*z
implies $$20*x = 15*x*(1+y/100)$$
$$20/15 = 1+ y/100$$
$$4/3-1 = y/100$$
$$y = 33.3$$

Option D is correct
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11 Apr 2019, 01:44
Bunuel wrote:
The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the percentage profit earned by the seller?

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33.3
(E) 40

given
SP *15 = CP * 20
LCM = 60
SP = 3 and CP = 4
so % profit ; 4-3/3 = 1/3 = 33.3%
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11 Apr 2019, 03:38
Bunuel wrote:
The selling price of 15 items equals the cost of 20 items. What is the percentage profit earned by the seller?

(A) 15
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33.3
(E) 40

Say cost of 20 items = $20 Selling price of 15 items =$20 which breaks even.
Profit is earned by the extra 5 items. Selling price of 5 items = 20/3

Profit % = [(20/3) / 20] * 100 = 33.33%

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