In 2014, Rouse & Sons, a small environmental-testing firm, performed 12,200 radon tests for $ 290 each and 16,400 lead tests for $ 240 each. Because newer homes are being built with lead-free pipes, lead-testing volume is expected to decrease by 10% next year. However, awareness of radon-related health hazards is expected to result in a 6% increase in radon-test volume each year in the near future. Jim Rouse feels that if he lowers his price for lead testing to $ 230 per test, he will have to face only a 7% decline in lead-test sales in 2015.
1. Prepare a 2015 sales budget for Rouse & Sons assuming that Rouse holds prices at 2014 levels.
2. Prepare a 2015 sales budget for Rouse & Sons assuming that Rouse lowers the price of a lead test to $ 230. Should Rouse lower the price of a lead test in 2015 if the company’s goal is to maximize sales revenue?