Efferson Electronics manufactures two large-screen television models. The 32-inch flat-panel LCD model has been in production since 2009 and sells for $900. The company introduced a 42-inch plasma HDTV in 2011; it sells for $1,140.
The company's income statement for the current year follows. Based on these results, management has decided to concentrate the company's marketing efforts on the plasma HDTV model and begin to phase out the LCD model.

Jon Daniel, Efferson’s controller, just attended a seminar on activity-based costing and believes the company should implement such a system. He has gathered the following annual information to explore the possibility.

a. Calculate the activity rate for each activity cost pool.
b. Allocate overhead costs to each of the products using activity-based costing.
c. Calculate the total product cost of each product using activity-based costing.
d. Are the product costs you calculated in part (c) the total costs of the two products?
Why or why not?
e. Evaluate Efferson’s decision to focus on the 42-inch plasma television and phase out the 32-inch LCD television.
f. In what other ways could Efferson Electronics use the activity-based cost information calculated in partc?

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