Question: A U S camera company s annual report stated Inventories are stated

A U.S. camera company’s annual report stated, “Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. The cost of most inventories in the U.S. is determined by the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method.” Assume severe price competition in 20X8 necessitated a write-down on December 31 for a class of camera inventories with a LIFO cost of \$13 million. The appropriate valuation at market was deemed to be \$9 million.
1. Assume sales of this line of camera for 20X8 were \$20 million, and cost of goods sold was \$14 million, and that the product line was terminated in 20X9 and the remaining inventory was sold for \$8 million. Prepare a statement of gross margin for 20X8 and 20X9. Show the results under a strict LIFO cost method in the first two columns and under a lower-of-LIFO-cost-or-market method in the next two columns.
2. Assume the company did not discontinue the product line. Instead, a new marketing campaign spurred market demand. Replacement cost of the cameras in the December 31 inventory was \$10 million on January 31, 20X9. What inventory valuation would be appropriate on January 31, 20X9, if the company still holds the inventory?

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