Pearly Tooth Corporation is a large retailer of medical equipment that operates in two adjacent warehouses. One warehouse is a showroom, and the other is used to store merchandise. On the night of May 5, 2011, a fire broke out in the storage warehouse and destroyed the merchandise stored there. The fire did not reach the showroom, so all the merchandise on display was saved.
Although the company maintained a perpetual inventory system, its records were rather haphazard, and the last reliable physical inventory had been taken on December 31, 2010. In addition, there was no control of the flow of goods between the showroom and the warehouse. Thus, it was impossible to tell what goods would have been in either place. As a result, the insurance company required an independent estimate of the amount of loss. The insurance company examiners were satisfied when they received the following information:
Merchandise inventory on December 31, 2010 ...... $ 727,400
Purchases, January 1 to May 5, 2011 ......... 1,206,100
Purchases returns, January 1 to May 5, 2011 ...... (5,353)
Freight-in, January 1 to May 5, 2011 ......... 26,550
Sales, January 1 to May 5, 2011 ........... 1,979,525
Sales returns, January 1 to May 5, 2011 ........ (14,900)
Merchandise inventory in showroom on May 5, 2011 .. 201,480
Average gross margin ................ 48%

1. Prepare a schedule that estimates the amount of the inventory lost in the fire.
2. What are some other reasons management might need to estimate the amount of inventory?

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