Question: The Finnerty Furniture Company a manufacturer and wholesaler of high quality

The Finnerty Furniture Company, a manufacturer and wholesaler of high-quality home furnishings, has experienced low profitability in recent years. As a result, the board of directors has replaced the president of the firm with a new president, Elizabeth Brannigan, who has asked you to make an analysis of the firm’s financial position using the DuPont chart. The most recent industry average ratios and Finnerty’s financial statements are as follows:

a. Calculate those ratios that you think would be useful in this analysis.
b. Construct a DuPont equation for Finnerty and compare the company’s ratios to the industry average ratios.
c. Do the balance sheet accounts or the income statement figures seem to be primarily responsible for the low profit?
d. Which specific accounts seem to be most out of line compared with those of other firms in the industry?
e. If Finnerty had a pronounced seasonal sales pattern, or if it grew rapidly during the year, how might that affect the validity of your ratio analysis? How might you correct for such potentialproblems?
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