Aulman, Inc., has a number of divisions including a Furniture Division and a Motel Division. The Motel Division owns and operates a line of budget motels located along major highways. Each year, the Motel Division purchases furniture for the motel rooms. Currently, it purchases a basic dresser from an outside supplier for $60. The manager of the Furniture Division has approached the manager of the Motel Division about selling dressers to the Motel Division. The full product cost of a dresser is $29.
While the Furniture Division has been operating at capacity (50,000 dressers per year) and selling them for $60 each, it expects to produce and sell only 40,000 dressers for $60 next year. The Furniture Division incurs variable costs of $18 per dresser.
The Motel Division needs 10,000 dressers per year; the Furniture Division can make up to 50,000 dressers per year. The company policy is that all transfer prices are negotiated by the divisions involved. Suppose that the two divisions agree on a transfer price of $38.
What is the change in operating income for the Furniture Division?