# Problems on Profit and Loss Part 1

IMPORTANT FACTS
Cost Price:
The price, at which an article is purchased, is called its cost price, abbreviated as C.P.
Selling Price:
The price, at which an article is sold, is called its selling prices, abbreviated as S.P.
Profit or Gain:
If S.P. is greater than C.P., the seller is said to have a profit or gain.
Loss:
If S.P. is less than C.P., the seller is said to have incurred a loss.
IMPORTANT FORMULAE
1. Gain = (S.P.) - (C.P.)
2. Loss = (C.P.) - (S.P.)
3. Loss or gain is always reckoned on C.P.
4. Gain Percentage: (Gain %)
 Gain % = Gain x 100 C.P.
5. Loss Percentage: (Loss %)
 Loss % = Loss x 100 C.P.
6. Selling Price: (S.P.)
 SP = (100 + Gain %) x C.P 100
7. Selling Price: (S.P.)
 SP = (100 - Loss %) x C.P. 100
8. Cost Price: (C.P.)
 C.P. = 100 x S.P. (100 + Gain %)
9. Cost Price: (C.P.)
 C.P. = 100 x S.P. (100 - Loss %)
10. If an article is sold at a gain of say 35%, then S.P. = 135% of C.P.
11. If an article is sold at a loss of say, 35% then S.P. = 65% of C.P.
12. When a person sells two similar items, one at a gain of say x%, and the other at a loss of x%, then the seller always incurs a loss given by:
 Loss % = (Common Loss and Gain % )2 = (x) 2 . 100 100
13. If a trader professes to sell his goods at cost price, but uses false weights, then
 Gain % = Error x 100 %. (True Value) - (Error)

1.
Alfred buys an old scooter for Rs. 4700 and spends Rs. 800 on its repairs. If he sells the scooter for Rs. 5800, his gain percent is:
A.
 4 4 % 7
B.
 5 5 % 11
C.10%
D.12%
Explanation:
Cost Price (C.P.) = Rs. (4700 + 800) = Rs. 5500.
Selling Price (S.P.) = Rs. 5800.
Gain = (S.P.) - (C.P.) = Rs.(5800 - 5500) = Rs. 300.
 Gain % = 300 x 100 % = 5 5 % 5500 11
2.
The cost price of 20 articles is the same as the selling price of x articles. If the profit is 25%, then the value of xis:
 A. 15 B. 16 C. 18 D. 25
Explanation:
Let C.P. of each article be Re. 1 C.P. of x articles = Rs. x.
S.P. of x articles = Rs. 20.
Profit = Rs. (20 - x).
 20 - x x 100 = 25 x
2000 - 100x = 25x
125x = 2000
x = 16.
3.
If selling price is doubled, the profit triples. Find the profit percent.
A.
 66 2 3
B.100
C.
 105 1 3
D.120
Explanation:
Let C.P. be Rs. x and S.P. be Rs. y.
Then, 3(y - x) = (2y - x)    y = 2x.
Profit = Rs. (y - x) = Rs. (2x - x) = Rs. x.
 Profit % = x x 100 % = 100% x
4.
In a certain store, the profit is 320% of the cost. If the cost increases by 25% but the selling price remains constant, approximately what percentage of the selling price is the profit?
 A. 30% B. 70% C. 100% D. 250%
Explanation:
Let C.P.= Rs. 100. Then, Profit = Rs. 320, S.P. = Rs. 420.
New C.P. = 125% of Rs. 100 = Rs. 125
New S.P. = Rs. 420.
Profit = Rs. (420 - 125) = Rs. 295.
 Required percentage = 295 x 100 % = 1475 % = 70% (approximately). 420 21
5.
A vendor bought toffees at 6 for a rupee. How many for a rupee must he sell to gain 20%?
 A. 3 B. 4 C. 5 D. 6
Explanation:
C.P. of 6 toffees = Re. 1
 S.P. of 6 toffees = 120% of Re. 1 = Rs. 6 5
 For Rs. 6 , toffees sold = 6. 5
 For Re. 1, toffees sold = 6 x 5 = 5. 6
6.
The percentage profit earned by selling an article for Rs. 1920 is equal to the percentage loss incurred by selling the same article for Rs. 1280. At what price should the article be sold to make 25% profit?
 A. Rs. 2000 B. Rs. 2200 C. Rs. 2400 D. Data inadequate
Explanation:
Let C.P. be Rs. x.
 Then, 1920 - x x 100 = x - 1280 x 100 x x
1920 - x = x - 1280
2x = 3200
x = 1600
 Required S.P. = 125% of Rs. 1600 = Rs. 125 x 1600 = Rs 2000. 100
7.
A shopkeeper expects a gain of 22.5% on his cost price. If in a week, his sale was of Rs. 392, what was his profit?
 A. Rs. 18.20 B. Rs. 70 C. Rs. 72 D. Rs. 88.25
Explanation:
 C.P. = Rs. 100 x 392 = Rs. 1000 x 392 = Rs. 320 122.5 1225
Profit = Rs. (392 - 320) = Rs. 72.
8.
A man buys a cycle for Rs. 1400 and sells it at a loss of 15%. What is the selling price of the cycle?
 A. Rs. 1090 B. Rs. 1160 C. Rs. 1190 D. Rs. 1202
Explanation:
 S.P. = 85% of Rs. 1400 = Rs. 85 x 1400 = Rs. 1190 100
9.
Sam purchased 20 dozens of toys at the rate of Rs. 375 per dozen. He sold each one of them at the rate of Rs. 33. What was his percentage profit?
 A. 3.5 B. 4.5 C. 5.6 D. 6.5
Explanation:
 Cost Price of 1 toy = Rs. 375 = Rs. 31.25 12
Selling Price of 1 toy = Rs. 33
So, Gain = Rs. (33 - 31.25) = Rs. 1.75
 Profit % = 1.75 x 100 % = 28 % = 5.6% 31.25 5
10.
Some articles were bought at 6 articles for Rs. 5 and sold at 5 articles for Rs. 6. Gain percent is:
A.30%
B.
 33 1 % 3
C.35%
D.44%
Explanation:
Suppose, number of articles bought = L.C.M. of 6 and 5 = 30.
 C.P. of 30 articles = Rs. 5 x 30 = Rs. 25. 6
 S.P. of 30 articles = Rs. 6 x 30 = Rs. 36. 5
 Gain % = 11 x 100 % = 44%. 25
11.
On selling 17 balls at Rs. 720, there is a loss equal to the cost price of 5 balls. The cost price of a ball is:
 A. Rs. 45 B. Rs. 50 C. Rs. 55 D. Rs. 60
Explanation:
(C.P. of 17 balls) - (S.P. of 17 balls) = (C.P. of 5 balls)
C.P. of 12 balls = S.P. of 17 balls = Rs.720.
 C.P. of 1 ball = Rs. 720 = Rs. 60. 12
12.
When a plot is sold for Rs. 18,700, the owner loses 15%. At what price must that plot be sold in order to gain 15%?
 A. Rs. 21,000 B. Rs. 22,500 C. Rs. 25,300 D. Rs. 25,800
Explanation:
85 : 18700 = 115 : x
 x = 18700 x 115 = 25300. 85
Hence, S.P. = Rs. 25,300.
13.
100 oranges are bought at the rate of Rs. 350 and sold at the rate of Rs. 48 per dozen. The percentage of profit or loss is:
A.
 14 2 % gain 7
B.15% gain
C.
 14 2 % loss 7
D.15 % loss
Explanation:
 C.P. of 1 orange = Rs. 350 = Rs. 3.50 100
 S.P. of 1 orange = Rs. 48 = Rs. 4 12
 Gain% = 0.5 x 100 % = 100 % = 14 2 % 3.50 7 7
14.
A shopkeeper sells one transistor for Rs. 840 at a gain of 20% and another for Rs. 960 at a loss of 4%. His total gain or loss percent is:
A.
 5 15 % loss 17
B.
 5 15 % gain 17
C.
 6 2 % gain 3
D.None of these
Explanation:
 C.P. of 1st transistor = Rs. 100 x 840 = Rs. 700. 120
 C.P. of 2nd transistor = Rs. 100 x 960 = Rs. 1000 96
So, total C.P. = Rs. (700 + 1000) = Rs. 1700.
Total S.P. = Rs. (840 + 960) = Rs. 1800.
 Gain % = 100 x 100 % = 5 15 % 1700 17
15.
A trader mixes 26 kg of rice at Rs. 20 per kg with 30 kg of rice of other variety at Rs. 36 per kg and sells the mixture at Rs. 30 per kg. His profit percent is:
 A. No profit, no loss B. 5% C. 8% D. 10% E. None of these