Misleading Mathematics Questions?

I have some misleading mathematics questions that i need help with. If anyone could shed some light on to the formulas and the thought process behind the calculations i would very much appreciate it.
Many thanks in advance
The Belvedere Arms takes £11,800 in drink sales and £5,600 in food sales in a week. In the same week the pub delivers £8,496 profit on drink and £3,640 profit on food. The week’s sales budget is £16,200.
What is the:
Performance Against Sales Budget
Required
Up by 6.9%
Down by 7.4%
Flat
Up by 7.4%
Down by 6.9%
Food GP%
Required
56%
153%
65%
178%
Impossible to say
Drink GP%
Required
72%
49%
151%
138%
Impossible to say
Total GP%
Required
143%
127%
62%
70%
Impossible to say

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One Response to “Misleading Mathematics Questions?”

  1. D g says:

    why is it misleading
    the terms are a bit different then what I am used to .
    you give profit for drink and for food I assume this is GROSS profit
    net sales for drink = 11,800
    gross profit for drink = 8,496
    GP% = 8496/11,800 = 72 percent
    GP % for food = 3640/5600 = 65 percent
    Total GP% = (8496 + 3640) / (11,800 + 5600)
    = 70 percent
    =
    Performance against sales budget
    Performance % = (17,400 – 16,200)/16200
    = 1,200/16200
    = + 7.4 percent
    so that is the answers 7.4 percent up in performance

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