Manuel Mercado, CFA has performed the following two regressions on sales data for a given industry. He wants to forecast sales for each quarter of the upcoming year.

Model ONE

*Regression Statistics*

Multiple R 0.941828 R^{2} 0.887039 Adjusted R^{2} 0.863258 Standard Error 2.543272 Observations 24

Durbin-Watson test statistic = 0.7856

ANOVA *df SS MS F Significance F* Regression 4 965.0619 241.2655 37.30006 9.49E−09 Residual 19 122.8964 6.4682 Total 23 1087.9583

*Coefficients*Intercept 31.40833 1.4866 21.12763 Q1 −3.77798 1.485952 −2.54246 Q2 −2.46310 1.476204 −1.66853 Q3 −0.14821 1.470324 −0.10080 TREND 0.851786 0.075335 11.20848 Model TWO

**Standard Error**t-Statistic*Regression Statistics*

Multiple R 0.941796 R^{2} 0.886979 Adjusted R^{2} 0.870026 Standard Error 2.479538 Observations 24

Durbin-Watson test statistic = 0.7860

*df SS MS F Significance F* Regression 3 964.9962 321.6654 52.3194 1.19E−09 Residual 20 122.9622 6.14811 Total 23 1087.9584

*Coefficients*Intercept 31.32888 1.228865 25.49416 Q1 −3.70288 1.253493 −2.95405 Q2 −2.38839 1.244727 −1.91881 TREND 0.85218 0.073991 11.51732

**Standard Error**t-StatisticThe dependent variable is the level of sales for each quarter, in $ millions, which began with the first quarter of the first year. Q1, Q2, and Q3 are seasonal dummy variables representing each quarter of the year. For the first four observations the dummy variables are as follows: Q1:(1,0,0,0), Q2:(0,1,0,0), Q3:(0,0,1,0). The TREND is a series that begins with one and increases by one each period to end with 24. For all tests, Mercado will use a 5% level of significance. Tests of coefficients will be two-tailed, and all others are one-tailed.

If Mercado determines that Model TWO is the appropriate specification, then he is essentially saying that for each year, value of sales from quarter three to four is expected to:

**A)** grow, but by less than $1,000,000. **B)** remain approximately the same. **C)** grow by more than $1,000,000.

Using Model ONE, what is the sales forecast for the second quarter of the next year?

**A)** $51.09 million. **B)** $56.02 million. **C)** $46.31 million.