Get percent change

Get percent change


If you need to calculate the percentage change between two values in Excel, you can use a formula that divides the change itself by the “old” value. A classic example would be to calculate the percentage between sales last month and sales this month.

How the formula works

In the example, the active cell contains this formula:


In this case, Excel first calculates the difference between the values (the actually change in sales) then divides that result by the original, or “old” value to get the decimal value -0.1193:




Because cell E6 is formatted using the Percentage number format (with no decimals), Excel displays the final result as -12%


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