A. Download the latest National Auto Dealers Association State of the Industry Report 2014 National Auto Dealers Association State of the Industry Report. Using the data on new vehicle sales by month, forecast demand for new vehicle sales for the first 3 months of the next year. Be sure to discuss your technique in forecasting demand, as well as the variables that you used to create your forecast. How accurate do you think your forecast will be, and what factors can improve its validity? Write up your report in a 300 to 550 word APA formatted paper.
B. Consider the problem of opening your own chocolate candy retail business in your local town. In order to do this, you need estimates on the amount of chocolate candy you can sell in a given month, as well as estimates on the cost of running your business. Conduct research to determine the average per-capita consumption of chocolate candy to determine how much candy you can realistically be expected to sell in a given month in your town. Find a suitable location within your town, for example a small retail store at the mall or some other location that is for lease, and define fixed costs such as rent, required insurance, etc. to determine your fixed costs. Set up an appropriate number of hours to be open and determine how many employees you will need and how much you will have to pay them. Data on wages for different occupations in different parts of the country is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Finally, determine various costs, for example your average fixed and variable costs, and the price at which you can realistically be expected to sell your chocolate candy. Are you able to turn a profit on your business? Why or why not? Write up your analysis and discussion in a 300 to 550 word APA formatted paper