Daisy Company expected to sell 400,000 of its pagers during 2014. It set the standard sales price for the pager at $30 each. During June, it became obvious that the company would be unable to attain the expected volume of sales. Daisy’s chief competitor, Cruz Corporation, had lowered prices and was pulling market share from Daisy. To be competitive, Daisy matched Cruz’s price, lowering its sales price to $28 per pager. Cruz responded by lowering its price even further to $24 per pager. In an emergency meeting of key personnel, Daisy’s accountant, Miriana Hope, stated, “Our cost structure simply won’t support a sales price in the $24 range.” The production manager, Borris Cooper, said, “I don’t understand why I’m here. The only unfavorable variance on my report is a fixed manufacturing overhead cost volume variance and that one is not my fault. We shouldn’t be making the product if the marketing department isn’t selling it.”

a. Describe a scenario in which the production manager is responsible for the fixed cost volume variance.
b. Describe a scenario in which the marketing manager is responsible for the fixed cost volume variance.
c. Explain how a decline in sales volume would affect Daisy’s ability to lower its sales price.

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