Graphs
Sales And Earnings Of Consolidated Conglomerate
Sales (in millions of dollars) 
Earnings (in millions of dollars) 
Note: Figures drawn to scale. 
During which year was the companyâ€™s earnings 10 percent of its sales?
A. 85
B. 86
C. 87
D. 88
E. 90
Reading from the graph, we see that in 1985 the companyâ€™s earnings were $8 million and its sales were $80 million. This gives
The answer is (A).
During what twoyear period did the companyâ€™s earnings increase the greatest?
A. 85â€“87
B. 86â€“87
C. 86â€“88
D. 87â€“89
E. 88â€“90
Reading from the graph, we see that the companyâ€™s earnings increased from $5 million in 1986 to $10 million in 1987, and then to $12 million in 1988. The twoyear increase from â€˜86 to â€˜88 was $7 millionâ€”clearly the largest on the graph.
The answer is (C).
During the years 1986 through 1988, what were the average earnings per year?
â€‹A. 6 million
B. 7.5 million
C. 9 million
D. 10 million
E. 27 million
The graph yields the following information:
Year  Earnings 
1986  $5 million 
1987  $10 million 
1988  $12 million 
Forming the average yields .
The answer is (C).
In which year did sales increase by the greatest percentage over the previous year?
A. 86
B. 87
C. 88
D. 89
E. 90
To find the percentage increase (or decrease), divide the numerical change by the original amount. This yields
Year  Percentage increase 
86  
87  
88  
89  
90 
The largest number in the righthand column, 60%, corresponds to the year 1988.
The answer is (C).
If Consolidated Conglomerateâ€™s earnings are less than or equal to 10 percent of sales during a year, then the stockholders must take a dividend cut at the end of the year. In how many years did the stockholders of Consolidated Conglomerate suffer a dividend cut?
A. None
B. One
C. Two
D. Three
E. Four
Calculating 10 percent of the sales for each year yields
Year

10% of Sales
(millions) 
Earnings (millions)

85

.10 Ã— 80 = 8

8

86

.10 Ã— 70 = 7

5

87

.10 Ã— 50 = 5

10

88

.10 Ã— 80 = 8

12

89

.10 Ã— 90 = 9

11

90

.10 Ã— 100 = 10

8
