Wich of the explanatory variables in the regression are

A food-products company has recently introduced a new line of fruit pies in six U.S. cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and Fort Lauderdale. Based on the pie's apparent success, the company is considering a nationwide launch. Before doing so, it has decided to use data collected during a two-year market test to guide it in setting prices and forecasting future demand.

For each of the six markets, the firm has collected eight quarters of data for a total of 48 observations. Each observation consists of data on quantity demanded (number of pies purchased per week), price per pie, competitors' average price per pie, income, and population. The company has also included a time-trend variable for each observation. A value of 1 denotes the first quarter observation, 2 the second quarter, and so on, up to 8 for the eighth and last quarter.

A company forecaster has run a regression on the data, obtaining the results displayed in the accompanying table.

 Coefficient Standard Error of Coefficient Mean Value of Variable Intercept -4,516.3 4,988.2 - Price (dollars) Competitors' price (dollars) -3,590.6   4,226.5 702.8   851.0 7.50   6.50 Income (\$000) 777.1 66.4 40 Population (000) .40 .31 2,300 Time (1 to 8) 356.1 92.3 -

N = 48.                         R2 = .93.        Standard error of regression = 1,442

a. Which of the explanatory variables in the regression are statistically significant? Explain. How much of the total variation in pie sales does the regression model explain?

b. Compute the price elasticity of demand for pies at the firm's mean price (\$7.50) and mean weekly sales quantity (20,000 pies). Next, compute the cross-price elasticity of demand. Comment on these estimates.

c. Other things equal, how much do we expect sales to grow (or fall) over the next year?

d. How accurate is the regression equation in predicting sales next quarter? Two years from now? Why might these answers differ?

e. How confident are you about applying these test-market results to decisions concerning national pricing strategies for pies?

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Present an assessment of food-products company which comprise to of data on quantity demanded A food-products company has newly introduced a new line of fruit pies in six U.S. cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and Fort Lauderdale. Based on the pie's apparent achievement, the company is considering a nationwide launch. Before doing so, it has decided to utilize data gathered during a 2-year market test to direct it in setting prices and forecasting future demand. For each of the 6 markets, the firm has gathered eight quarters of data for a total of 48 observations. Each examination consists of data on quantity demanded (number of pies bought per week), price per pie, competitors' average price per pie, income, and population. The company has as well comprised a time-trend variable for each observation. A value of 1 denotes the 1st quarter observation, 2 the 2nd quarter, and so on, up to 8 for the 8th and last quarter.