Percentage formula (increase or decrease)

Percentage formula (increase or decrease)
Last Updated on 02/05/2023
Reading time: 2 minutes

This article will give you the formula to calculate the percentage of increase or decrease.

When is it helpful to calculate the percentage of increase?

You have the following document where you have the total sales per month. How to calculate the increase or decrease from one month to the next one?

Percentage increase and decrease with conditional formatting

Percentage Calculation method

1. Subtraction between 2 months

The first thing to do is to see the difference between 2 consecutive months. The formula is very simple

=B3-B2

Formula to calculate the gap between 2 cells

And, of course, you copy this formula for the other cells.

Copy the formula of the substraction

2. Divide the substation by the next month's value

To calculate the percentage of increase, we will

  1. Use the result of the subtraction
  2. Divide it by the sales amount of the previous month.

=C3/B2

Formula to calculate the percentage of increase or decrease

Apply the percentage format

Now, you must change the format number to percentage from the Home ribbon.

Percentaga number format

And copy the percentage formula for the rest of your document

Result percentage increase or decrease

Between February and March, the increase is up to 38.7% (great result 😃😍)

Write the formula in a single cell

In mathematics, it's important to respect the order of operations. Addition and subtraction do not have the same priority as multiplication and division. This is why, to perform the subtraction before the division, we must write the subtraction in parentheses.

=(B3-B2)/B2

The percentage formula in one single cell

Conditional formatting with icon

To highlight the increase and decrease, inserting icons with conditional formatting is a good idea.

Percentage increase and decrease with conditional formatting

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Percentage formula (increase or decrease)

Reading time: 2 minutes
Last Updated on 02/05/2023

This article will give you the formula to calculate the percentage of increase or decrease.

When is it helpful to calculate the percentage of increase?

You have the following document where you have the total sales per month. How to calculate the increase or decrease from one month to the next one?

Percentage increase and decrease with conditional formatting

Percentage Calculation method

1. Subtraction between 2 months

The first thing to do is to see the difference between 2 consecutive months. The formula is very simple

=B3-B2

Formula to calculate the gap between 2 cells

And, of course, you copy this formula for the other cells.

Copy the formula of the substraction

2. Divide the substation by the next month's value

To calculate the percentage of increase, we will

  1. Use the result of the subtraction
  2. Divide it by the sales amount of the previous month.

=C3/B2

Formula to calculate the percentage of increase or decrease

Apply the percentage format

Now, you must change the format number to percentage from the Home ribbon.

Percentaga number format

And copy the percentage formula for the rest of your document

Result percentage increase or decrease

Between February and March, the increase is up to 38.7% (great result 😃😍)

Write the formula in a single cell

In mathematics, it's important to respect the order of operations. Addition and subtraction do not have the same priority as multiplication and division. This is why, to perform the subtraction before the division, we must write the subtraction in parentheses.

=(B3-B2)/B2

The percentage formula in one single cell

Conditional formatting with icon

To highlight the increase and decrease, inserting icons with conditional formatting is a good idea.

Percentage increase and decrease with conditional formatting

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *