The Clemson Company reported the following results last year for the manufacture and

sale of one of its products known as a Tam.

Sales (6,500 Tams at $130 each)


Variable cost of sales


Variable distribution costs


Fixed advertising expense


Salary of product line manager


Fixed manufacturing overhead



Clemson Company is trying to determine whether to discontinue the manufacture and sale of Tams. The operating results reported above for last year are expected to continue in the foreseeable future if the product isn’t dropped. The fixed manufacturing overhead represents the costs of production facilities and equipment that the Tam product shares with other products produced by Clemson. If the Tam product were dropped, there would be no change in the fixed manufacturing costs of the company.

Assume that discontinuing the manufacture and sale of Tams will have no effect on the sale of other product lines. If the company discontinues the Tam product line, the change in annual operating income (or loss) should be a