Super Bookstore (SB) is a large city bookstore that sells books and music CDs and has a café. SB operates at capacity and allocates selling, general, and administration (S, G & A) costs to each product line using the cost of merchandise of each product line. SB wants to optimize the pricing and cost management of each product line. SB is wondering if its accounting system is providing it with the best information for making such decisions.
Super Bookstore Product Line Information for the Year Ended December 31, 2012

Super Bookstore incurs the following selling, general, and administration costs.
Super Bookstore S, G & A Costs for the Year Ended December 31, 2012
Purchasing department expenses.............. $ 474,500
Receiving department expenses............. 432,400
Shelf- stocking labor expense .............. 487,500
Customer support expense (cashiers and floor employees).. 91,184
.......................... $ 1,485,584

1. Suppose Super Bookstore uses cost of merchandise to allocate all S, G & A costs. Prepare product line and total company income statements.
2. Identify an improved method for allocating costs to the three product lines. Explain. Use the method for allocating S, G & A costs that you propose to prepare new product line and total company income statements. Compare your results to the results in requirement 1.
3. Write a memo to Super Bookstore’s management describing how the improved system might be useful for managing SuperBookstore.

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