Blue, Inc., sells playground equipment to schools and municipalities. It mails invoices at the end of each month for all goods shipped during that month; credit terms are net 30 days. Sales and accounts receivable data for 2017, 2018, and 2019 follow: Years Ending December 31, 2017: Sales: $1,785,980 Accounts Receivable at year-end: $220,189 2018: Sales: $1,839,559 Accounts Receivable at year-end: $227,896 2019: Sales: $1,986,724 Accounts Receivable at year-end: $267,094 Required: 1. Calculate the rates of increase in sales and in receviables during 2018 and 2019.  2. Do your calculations indicate any potential problems with Blue's receivables? 3. If so, suggest a possible explanation for your findings and indicate what action, if any, would then be needed to bring Blue's financial statements into conformity with GAAP.

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Blue, Inc., sells playground equipment to schools and municipalities. It mails invoices at the end of each month for all goods shipped during that month; credit terms are net 30 days. Sales and accounts receivable data for 2017, 2018, and 2019 follow:

Years Ending December 31,

2017:

Sales: $1,785,980

Accounts Receivable at year-end: $220,189

2018:

Sales: $1,839,559

Accounts Receivable at year-end: $227,896

2019:

Sales: $1,986,724

Accounts Receivable at year-end: $267,094

Required:

1. Calculate the rates of increase in sales and in receviables during 2018 and 2019. 

2. Do your calculations indicate any potential problems with Blue's receivables?

3. If so, suggest a possible explanation for your findings and indicate what action, if any, would then be needed to bring Blue's financial statements into conformity with GAAP. 

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