**Answer question nos. 1-3 based on the following data:**

The retail prices of flowers, consumer expenditure on flowers and sales of flowers for the calendar year 2009, in Phoolgaon, a small town with a population of 70000, is summarized in table 2.

**Table 2:**

**Question 1. ** Compared to January, the total expenditure on carnations in March

A. increased by 6.27%

B. decreased by 6.64%

C. increased by 6.69%

D. decreased by 7.11%

E. did not change

**Question 2.** Compared to January, the sales of roses in July

A. decreased by 39.15%

B. decreased by 28.13%

C. increased by 4.53%

D. increased by 4.33%

E. did not change

**Question 3.** Compared to January, the price of carnations in December

A. increased by 26.57%

B. increased by 28.12%

C. increased by 36.19%

D. increased by 38.16%

E. did not change

### Answers and Explanations

**Answer 1. (C)**

Total expenditure on carnations in January

= 47.4 × 70000 – 1136916 = 2181084

And total expenditure on carnations in March

= 49.5 × 70000 – 1137915 = 2327085

So percentage increase =

**Answer 2. (B)**

Sales of roses in January

Sales of roses in July

∴ Percentage decrease

Hence, option (B) is the correct answer.

**Answer 3. (E)**

Price of carnation in January

Price of carnation in December