T&P Fashion Shops is a new chain that operates 10 stores in major malls throughout the United States. Each store manager is responsible for preparing a flexible budget for the

T&P Fashion Shops is a new chain that operates 10 stores in major malls throughout the United States. Each store manager is responsible for preparing a flexible budget for the store. T&P headquarters accumulates and analyzes the information for each store and in the aggregate. Below is the forecast (budgeted income statement) for the Houston store showing the breakdown of fixed and variable expenses in columns two through four. The last column shows the actual results. Revenues$1,400,000 $1,260,000Cost of Sales790,000 790,000 Gross Profit$610,000 $500,000Management182,000154,70027,300182,000Shop assistants258,000154,800103,200262,000Rent23,20018,5604,64022,000Utilities34,80034,800 31,000Misc. expenses24,50012,25012,250 Total expenses$522,500 Net income$87,500 $(26,000) ========= ========= Additional Information Write a 4- or 5-paragraph memo to the division manager explaining the flexible budget variances; how to interpret the information and what action, if any to take. Comment on the 5% marketing proposal too. Start with an introduction and end with a recommendation. Each of the four or five paragraphs should have a heading. Start with an introduction and end with a summary or conclusion. Use headings. Each submission should include two files: (1) An Excel file and (2) a Word document. The Word document shows the memo first and short essay last. Assume a knowledgeable business audience and use required format and length. Individuals in business are busy and want information presented in an organized and concise manner.

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