Cane Company manufactures two products called Alpha and Beta that sell for $240 and $162, respectively. Each product uses only one type of raw material that costs $5 per pound. The company has the capacity to annually produce 131,000 units of each product. Its unit costs for each product at this level of activity are given below:
|Variable manufacturing overhead||27||25|
|Traceable fixed manufacturing overhead||35||38|
|Variable selling expenses||32||28|
|Common fixed expenses||35||30|
|Total cost per unit||$||212||$||159|
The company considers its traceable fixed manufacturing overhead to be avoidable, whereas its common fixed expenses are deemed unavoidable and have been allocated to products based on sales dollars.
Assume that Cane normally produces and sells 110,000 Betas per year. If Cane discontinues the Beta product line, how much will profits increase or decrease?