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    How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    My calculation/formulas are: Column D is C-B and Column E =D2/(B2+C2)

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    My boss said that there can't be a negative...I explained that the negative is really a positive reflecting improvement in the 3rd quarter.

    Please explain my error. I am not strong in math and according to my boss my calculations are incorrect.

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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    Hi and welcoem to the forum

    You can have a negative %, but I believe the logic in your formula is wrong. I think the % calc should be this in E. This will give you the variance of Q3 to Q2...
    =(C2-B2)/B2
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    1
    Q2
    Q3
    Diff
    %
    2
    Company a
    401
    425
    24
    5.99%
    3
    Company b
    1
    2
    1
    100.00%
    4
    Company C
    801
    725
    -76
    -9.49%
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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    If I understand your question correctly, you are comparing Quarter 3 against Quarter 2 as either a gain in revenue or a drop in revenue as a percentage of Quarter 2.

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    Company C's revenue dropped by 76 therefore as compared to Quarter 2 the result is a negative. These would be my results

    **** 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr Difference %
    a 401 425 24 5.99%
    b 1 2 1 100.00%
    c 801 725 -76 -9.49%
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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    To FDibbins: How did you insert the chart in your response?

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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    The OP never did not mention that this has anything to do with the revenue. There could be a reduction of some sort in which case the negatives are good.
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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    Thank you!!! I see my error.

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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    My brain is not wired for math...thank you so much!

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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    @ AlKey, I never gave any indication of negative being good or bad, just that negatives were possible and that that was the variance

    @ nedoverman, take a look at this thread for that...
    http://www.excelforum.com/showthread...=1#post3387431

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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    Quote Originally Posted by FDibbins View Post
    @ AlKey, I never gave any indication of negative being good or bad, just that negatives were possible and that that was the variance

    @ nedoverman, take a look at this thread for that...
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    Re: How do I obtain a variance percentage? Please check my calculation/formula

    Quote Originally Posted by newdoverman View Post
    To FDibbins: How did you insert the chart in your response?
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