When Mary Potts arrived at her store on the morning of January 29, she found empty shelves and display racks; thieves had broken in during the night and stolen the entire inventory. Accounting records showed that inventory costing $50,000 on January 1. From January 1 to January 29, Potts had made net sales of $70,000 and net purchases of $80,000. The gross profit during the past sev- eral years had consistently averaged 42 percent of net sales. Potts plans to file an insurance claim for the theft loss.
1. Does Potts use the periodic inventory method or does she account for inventory using the perpetual method? Defend your answer