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Traxonia Railroad Inc. has three regional divisions organized as profit centers. The chief executive officer (CEO) evaluates divisional performance, using income from operations as a percent of revenues. The following quarterly income and expense accounts were provided from the trial balance as of December 31, 2014:
Revenues—East ..................$ 870,000
Revenues—West .................1,032,000
Revenues—Central ................1,872,000
Operating Expenses—East ............. 563,300
Operating Expenses—West ............ 618,240
Operating Expenses—Central ...........1,166,940
Corporate Expenses—Shareholder Relations ...... 154,000
Corporate Expenses—Customer Support ........ 400,000
Corporate Expenses—Legal ............. 270,000
General Corporate Officers’ Salaries ......... 275,000
The company operates three service departments: Shareholder Relations, Customer Support, and Legal. The Shareholder Relations Department conducts a variety of services for shareholders of the company. The Customer Support Department is the company’s point of contact for new service, complaints, and requests for repair. The department believes that the number of customer contacts is an activity base for this work. The Legal Department provides legal services for division management. The department believes that the number of hours billed is an activity base for this work. The following additional information has been gathered:


Instructions
1. Prepare quarterly income statements showing income from operations for the three divisions. Use three column headings: East, West, and Central.
2. Identify the most successful division according to the profit margin.
3. Provide a recommendation to the CEO for a better method for evaluating the performance of the divisions. In your recommendation, identify the major weakness of the presentmethod.


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