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Accounting in Action FOR INSTRUCTOR USE ONLY 1 - 701 SHORT-ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS S-A E 227 FIFO and LIFO are the two most common cost flow assumptions made in costing inventories. The amounts assigned to the same inventory items on hand may be different under each cost flow assumption. If a company has no beginning inventory, explain the difference in ending inventory values under the FIFO and LIFO cost bases when the price of inventory items purchased during the period have been (1) increasing, (2) decreasing, and (3) remained constant. Ans: N/A, LO: 2, Bloom: K, Difficulty: Easy, Min: 5, AACSB: None, AICPA BB: Legal/Regulatory Perspective, AICPA FN: Reporting, AICPA PC: None, IMA: Business Economic Solution 227 S-A E 228 In a period of rising prices, the inventory reported in Sinatra Company's balance sheet is close to the current cost of the inventory. Crosby Company's inventory is considerably below its current cost. Identify the inventory cost flow method being used by each company. Which company has probably been reporting the higher gross profit? Ans: N/A, LO: 2, Bloom: K, Difficulty: Easy, Min: 5, AACSB: None, AICPA BB: Legal/Regulatory Perspective, AICPA FN: Reporting, AICPA PC: None, IMA: Business Economic