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Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 6 percent

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Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 6 percent

Post Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:33 am
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    Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 6 percent of the $840 million revenue from the sales of recordings in Country Y in 2000. What was the revenue from the sales of jazz and blues recordings in Country Y in 1998?

    (1) Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 5 percent of the revenue from the sales of recordings in Country Y in 1998
    (2) The revenue from the sales of jazz and blues recordings in Country Y increased by 40 percent from 1998 to 2000

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    Answer: B

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    Post Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:14 am
    Hi jjjinapinch,

    We're told that Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 6 percent of the $840 million revenue from the sales of recordings in Country Y in 2000. We're asked for the revenue from the sales of jazz and blues recordings in Country Y in 1998.

    1) Jazz and blues recordings accounted for 5 percent of the revenue from the sales of recordings in Country Y in 1998

    While Fact 1 tells us the PERCENT of the revenue that Jazz and blues recordings represented in 1998, we don't know the TOTAL sales figures in 1998. Thus, we have no way to answer the question.
    Fact 1 is INSUFFICIENT

    2) The revenue from the sales of jazz and blues recordings in Country Y increased by 40 percent from 1998 to 2000

    With the information in Fact 2, we can create the following equation:
    (1.4)(Sales of Jazz and blues in 1998) = (.06)($840 million)

    This is one variable and one equation, so we CAN solve for what the question asks for (and we don't have to perform the calculation to know that).
    Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT

    Final Answer: B

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