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# Variable cost using the High- Low Method

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Rooter's Cleaning Services provided data concerning the costs incurred to clean hotel rooms for which hotel customers pay \$150 per night. Data for the past 7 months are as follows:

January February March April May June July
Number of rooms cleaned 250 160 200 150 270 170 260
Cleaning cost \$6,450 \$4,060 \$5,100 \$4,100 \$7,000 \$4,200 \$6,530

How much are estimated monthly variable costs using the high-low method?

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Rooter's Cleaning Services provided data concerning the costs incurred to clean hotel rooms for which hotel customers pay \$150 per night. Data for the past 7 months are as follows:

January February March April May June July
Number of rooms cleaned 250 160 200 150 270 170 260
Cleaning cost \$6,450 \$4,060 \$5,100 \$4,100 \$7,000 \$4,200 \$6,530

How much are estimated monthly variable costs using the high-low method?

Month Number of rooms cleaned Cleaning cost
January 250 \$6,450 ...

#### Solution Summary

Calculates fixed and variable cost using the high-low method.

\$2.19
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Data had been collected for the past 12 months and a plot made for the cost driver - units of production. The maintenance cost figures collected include estimates for labor, supplies, and energy. You recently attended an activity-based costing seminar where you learned that some types of activities are performed each time a batch of goods is processed rather than each time a unit is produced. Based on this concept, you have gathered data on the number of setups performed over the past 12 months. The plots of monthly maintenance costs vs. the two potential cost drivers follow.

1. Find monthly fixed maintenance cost and the variable maintenance cost per driver unit using the visual-fit method based on each potential cost driver. Explain how you treated the April data.
2. Find monthly fixed maintenance cost of the variable maintenance cost per
driver unit using the high-low method based on each potential cost driver.
3. Which cost driver best meets the criteria for choosing cost functions? Explain.

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