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    Hello, I'm finding this question quite hard:

    "Calculate the overall percentage change, stating whether it is an increase or a decrease. An 12% increase then a 12% decrease."
    I understand that you would change then to their multipliers so 12% increase= x 1.12 and 12% decrease = x 0.88
    Then you multiply the multipliers so 0.9856 but I'm really confused as to what you do next? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    1) Convert 0.9856 to percentage.

    2) What is the difference between what you started with (that is, 100%) and your answer in 1)?

    3) If your answer in 1) is less than 100% then it will be an overall decrease.

    If your answer in 1) is more than 100% then it will be an overall increase.
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    Thank you very much!


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