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# The profit margin (net income to sales ratio) at New Company is 20%. New Company gave...

The profit margin (net income to sales ratio) at New Company is 20%. New Company gave a customer a discount of 10%. However, if the discount had only been 6% the

customer would still have made the same quantity of purchases. The effect of the unnecessary discount was to reduce New Company income by:

a. 4%

b. 6%

c. 20%.*

d. None of the above

Look for process work to understand why c. 20% is the correct answer.

Assume the customer would have purchased goods worth \$1000 irrespective of a discount of 10% or 6%

The lost profit percentage = (Lost profit )/ Lost sales

=( Profit at 6% discount - Profit at 10% discount) / ( Sales at 6% discount - Sales at 10% discount)

= ( 188 -180) / ( 940 -900)

= 8/ 40

= 0.2 or 20%

Workings:

 Sales at 10% discount Sales at 6% discount Sales 1000 1000 Less: Discount 100 60 Net Sale price 900 940 Profit of 20% 180 188 Lost profit 8

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