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The following historical data were derived from Gateway, Inc.'s consolidated financial statements.

3.  The following historical data were derived from Gateway, Inc.'s consolidated financial statements. (It should be noted that past data are not necessarily indicative of the results of future operations.)
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The following historical data were derived from Gateway, Inc.'s consolidated financial statements. (It should be noted that past data are not necessarily indicative of the results of future operations.).
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Net Sales 3,676,328 5,035,228 6,293,680 7,467,925 8,645,561
Net Income 172,981 250,679 109,797 346,399 427,944
Total Assets 1,124,011 1,673,411 2,039,271 2,890,380 3,954,688
Long Term Obligations net of current maturties 10,805 7,244 7,240 3,360 2,998
a)        Are the trends expressed in the above data generally consistent with each other?
b)       In your opinion, which of the above trends would be most meaningful to a potential investor in common stock of Gateway, Inc.? Which trend would be least meaningful?
c)       What other data (trend or otherwise) would you like to have access to prior to making an investment in Gateway, Inc.?

The following historical data were derived from Gateway, Inc.'s
consolidated financial statements. (It should be noted that past data
are not necessarily indicative of the results of future operations.).
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Net Sales 3,676,328 5,035,228 6,293,680 7,467,925 8,645,561
Net Income 172,981 250,679 109,797 346,399 427,944
Total Assets 1,124,011 1,673,411 2,039,271 2,890,380 3,954,688
Long Term Obligations net of current maturties 10,805 7,244 7,240 3,360
2,998
a) Are the trends expressed in the above data generally
consistent with each other?
b) In your opinion, which of the above trends would be most
meaningful to a potential investor in common stock of Gateway, Inc.?
Which trend would be least meaningful?
c) What other data (trend or otherwise) would you like to have
access to prior to making an investment in Gateway, Inc.?

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