I am stuck on a question and can't figure out the method to use to solve it. Here is the question: Sole Mates Shoes has expenses of \$9,592 per month. What must the store's total income be if it is to make a profit of 12%? Robert 7th grade honors math student Hi Robert, Problems or statements that involve percentage are sometimes confusing. When you ask a question or make a statement about percentage you need to specify percentage of what. For example, suppose that I bought something for \$100 and sold it for \$150. I might say my profit is 50%, that is my profit of \$50 is 50% of the \$100 it cost me. I might also say my profit of \$50 is 33.33%, that is my profit is 33.33% of the selling price of \$150. In your problem you have expenses of \$9,592 and a profit of 12%. If, by this, you mean that the profit is 12% of \$9,592, then the profit is  12/100 x \$9,592 = \$1,151.04 and the income would be \$10,743.04. If the 12% profit is 12% of the income, then the expenses (\$9,592) are 100% - 12% = 88% of the income. That is \$9,592 = 88/100 x income and hence income = \$9,592 x 100/88 = \$10,900 Cheers, Penny Go to Math Central