Emca, a manufacturer of garden tools, had its most successful 3-month period after introducing a new line of shovels, rakes, and other related equipment. During this time, the company also expanded the number of stores that sold their products from 50 to 62, though some industry experts claim that neither the new line of equipment nor the expansion of stores carrying Emca’s products is completely responsible for the recent success.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the experts’ claim?
(A) Emca’s two biggest rivals had their best 3-month period at the same time.
(B) The new stores carrying Emca products only carry the new equipment.
(C) Emca’s leadership has been virtually unchanged since the company’s inception.
(D) There have been problems with the new equipment line leading to an unusually large number of returns.
(E) The new shovels and rakes have a higher profit margin than do the older shovels and rakes.
Emca, a manufacturer of garden tools, had its most successful 3-month period after introducing a new line of shovels,
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