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There are eight companies $C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7$ and $C8$ in the market that manufacture furniture.

The furniture manufactured by these companies is sold in one or more than one of the five regions namely $R1, R2, R3, R4$ and $R5.$ 

Two companies are said to be ‘Competitors’ if there is at least one region where both the companies sell their furniture.

The following bar- graph provides information about the number of competitors seven of these eight companies have.

Assume that these are the only eight companies that sell furniture in the mentioned regions.

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The number of regions in which the company $C1$ sold furniture is at most:











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Option(B) is correct

From the bar - graph we get to know that the number of competitors of $C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7$ and $C8$ is $1, 3, 6, 4, 7, 3$ and $6$ respectively.

Since $C5$ is the competitor of each of the other companies, therefore the only competitor of $C1$ is $C5$.

Let’s consider $C3$: Number of competitors is $6$.

We know for sure that $C1$ is not the competitor of $C3$; therefore the six competitors of $C3$ are $C2, C4, C5, C6, C7$ and $C8.$

Similarly $C8$: Number of competitors is $6$ and the competitors of $C8$ are $C2, C3, C4, C5, C6$ and $C7$.

Therefore competitors of $C7$ are $C5, C3$ and $C8$ and competitors of $C2$ are $C5, C3$ and $C8$.

Since the competitors of $C1, C2, C3, C5, C7$ and $C8$ are known and fixed by us, the third competitor has to be $C6$.

Therefore the competitors of $C6$ are $C5, C3, C8$ and $C4$.

Now consider $C4$: Out of the four competitors it has, three are $C5, C3$ and $C8$.

Referring to the table made in the previous question, for maximizing the number of regions in which $C1$ sells furniture, it is possible that $C1$ sells furniture in $R4$ as well.

Hence, the number of regions in which $C1$ sells furniture is at most $2$

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