Further Farrugia Corporation produces two intermediate products, A and B, from a common input. Intermediate
product A can be further processed into end product X. Intermediate product B can be further
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processed into end product Y. The common input is purchased in batches that cost $36 each and
the cost of processing a batch to produce intermediate products A and B is $15. Intermediate
product A can be sold as is for $21 or processed further for $14 to make end product X that is
sold for $32. Intermediate product B can be sold as is for $44 or processed further for $28 to
make end product Y that is sold for $64.
a. Assuming that no other costs are involved in processing potatoes or in selling products, how much money does the company make from processing one batch of the common input into the end products X and Y? Show your work!
b. Should each of the intermediate products, A and B, be sold as is or processed further into an end product? Explain.