**Excel** is certainly by far the most used tool for calculation. In **Excel**, we can perform almost all the calculations that we require in our daily life. We will try to learn how to calculate the **percentage increase **from **zero** in **Excel**. Basically, it is very simple to **calculate percentage increase in Excel. **However, things seem a bit complex when we calculate the **percentage increase** from **zero**. In this article, I am going to show you four methods on how to calculate **percentage increase** from **Zero** in **Excel**.

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## Practice Workbook

This is the dataset that I am going to use to explain how to **calculate the percentage** increase from **zero** in **Excel**. We have the ** Revenue** of

**for a particular**

*XYZ Company***. We have set the**

*Month***for**

*Revenue*

*February***zero**. Now, we will calculate the

**of**

*Change***in**

*Revenue***percentage**using this dataset.

## Basics of Percentage Increase

Generally, the formula to calculate percentage change is given below;

`Change(%)=(Final Value-Initial Value)/Initial Value*100`

**percentage increase**from

**zero**. That means the

**initial value**is

**zero**for our case. That’s where the complexity comes.

*. So in this article, while calculating the*

__Mathematically when we divide any number by zero, the result is undefined__**percentage increase**from

**zero**in

**Excel**,

*. That means, if any parameter (*

__we have__**assumed**that the percentage change is**100%****Revenue in our case**) increases from

**zero**to a

**certain value**,

*, we will consider the*

__no matter what the value is__**percentage change**to be

**100%**. That’s how we deal with when we calculate

**percentage increase**from

**zero**in

**Excel**.

## 4 Methods on How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel

### 1. How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using IF Function

We can use the **IF** function to calculate the **percentage increase** from **zero** in **Excel**. To do so,

First, select **cell D5**. Then write down the formula;

`=IF(C4=0,1,C5/C4-1)`

Here, we have set the **logical test** that our initial value **(C4)** is **zero**. Now, if the **statement** is **TRUE**, the **output** will be **1**, * which is 100%*. In other cases, Excel will return the

**percentage increase**following the

**percentage change formula**.

Now, press

**ENTER**.

**Excel**will return the

**change in Revenue**according to the

**formula**in the

**Formula Bar**.

Since, **C4<>0**, Excel returns **-1 **by calculating **$(0.00/1348.00)-1**Now convert the number into

**percentages**. To do so, select the

**“%”**sign from the

**Number**group of

**Home**tab.

**Excel** will convert the number into **percentages**.

Then use the **Fill Handle **to **AutoFill** up to **cell D15.**

A **positive percentage** indicates the **increase** in **Revenue** whereas a **negative percentage** indicates the **decrease** in **Revenue**.**Note: **We have no **change in percentage **for the month of **January**. That’s because we do not have the data before **January** to compare with.

**Read More:** **How to Calculate Percentage Decrease in Excel (2 Methods)**

### 2. How to Calculate Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using SIGN Function

In this method, I will show you how to calculate the **percentage increase **from **zero** in **Excel** using the **SIGN** function. To apply this method,

First, go to **cell D5**. Then write down the formula;

`=IF(C4=0,SIGN(C5),C5/C4-1)`

To understand the formula, let’s first concentrate on the **logical test**.

Here, the **logical test **is **C4=0**. Now, if this statement is **TRUE**, Excel will return the result of **SIGN(C5)** as **output**. If the statement is **FALSE**, **Excel** will return the **output** by calculating **C5/C4-1** to get the **percentage increase**.

**Formula Breakdown**

**SIGN(C5) ⟶ **It returns the result to represent the **sign** of the number in **cell C5**.** Output** **⟶ 0****C5/C4-1 ⟶ **It will calculate the increase in **Revenue**.** Output** **⟶ -1****IF(C4=0,SIGN(C5),C5/C4-1)** ➡ It returns us the result by analyzing the **logical test**.** IF(C4=0,0,-1)**

**IF(FALSE,0,-1)**

**Output**➡

**-1**

**ENTER**to see and understand the result.

**Excel** returns the value **-1 **as the result**. **That’s because **C4** is **$1348.00**. Hence, the **statement** **C4=0 **is **FALSE**. So, **Excel** is returning us the **output** by calculating **C5/C4-1**.

Now to convert the number into a percentage follow the steps explained in **method 1**.

Then use **Fill Handle** to **AutoFill** up to **cell** **D15**.

**Read More: ****How to Calculate Average Percentage Increase in Excel**

### 3. Calculating Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using AND Function

You can also use **AND** function to calculate the **percentage increase **from **zero** in **Excel**. Notice that, we have set the **revenue** to be **zero** in **May** in this method; just to add some varieties in the dataset. Now, to apply this method,

First, go to **cell D5** and write down the formula,

`=IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,C5/C4-1)`

Here, the **logical test **is **AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0**. Now, if this statement is **TRUE**, Excel will return **1** as **output**. If the statement is **FALSE**, **Excel** will return the **output** by calculating **C5/C4-1** to get the increase in **Revenue**.

**Formula Breakdown**

**C5-C4** → Subtracts **C4** from **C5**.** Output** : **-12**

**C5/C4-1**⇒ Calculates the change in

**Revenue**.

**Output**:

**-0.008902077**

**AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0) →**Checks if

*the*

__all__**arguments**(

**C4=0**and

**C5-C4<>0**) are

**TRUE**. Returns

**TRUE**if all the

**arguments**are

**TRUE**and

**FALSE**if not.

**AND(C4=0,(-12)<>0)**

**Output**:

**FALSE**(

*)*

__since the first__**argument**is**FALSE****IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,C5/C4-1)**⇒ Returns the result after analyzing the

**logical test**.

**IF(AND(C4=0,(C5-C4)<>0),1,-0.008902077)**

**IF(FALSE,1,-0.008902077)**

**Output**:

**-0.008902077**

**ENTER**. Excel will return the

**output**

**-0.008902077.**

Now to convert the number into a percentage follow the steps explained in **method 1**.

Then use **Fill Handle** to **AutoFill** up to **cell** **D15**.

**Read More:** **How Do You Calculate Percentage Increase or Decrease in Excel**

### 4. Calculating Percentage Increase from Zero in Excel using ISERROR Function

In this section, I will show you how to calculate the **percentage increase **from **zero** in **Excel** using the **ISERROR** function. To apply this method,

First, go to **cell D5** and write down the formula,

`=IF(ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,(C5-C4)/C4)`

**logical test**is

**ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4**. Now, if this statement is

**TRUE**, Excel will return

**1**as

**output**. If the statement is

**FALSE**,

**Excel**will return the

**output**by calculating

**(C5-C4)/C4**to get the

**percentage increase**.

**Formula Breakdown**

**(C5-C4)/C4 **⇒ Calculates the **change in Revenue**.** Output** : **-1**

**ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4)**→ This checks whether

**(C5-C4)/C4**is an error or not. Returns

**TRUE**if it is an error,

**FALSE**if it is not.

**Output**:

**FALSE**(since –

**1**is not undefined or has any other error)

**IF(ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,(C5-C4)/C4)**⇾ Returns the result by analyzing the logical test.

**IF((ISERROR((C5-C4)/C4),1,-1)**

**IF(FALSE,1,-1)**

**Output**:

**-1**

Now press **ENTER**.**Excel** will return the final **output** **-1**.

Now to convert the number into a **percentage** follow the steps explained in **method 1**.

Then use **Fill Handle** to **AutoFill** up to **cell** **D15**.

**Read More:** **How to Calculate Price Increase Percentage in Excel (3 Easy Ways)**

## Practice Workbook

Though calculating the **percentage increase** from **zero** in **Excel** is a bit complex, it is interesting. So I believe that you should practice properly to learn how to calculate **percentage increase** from **zero** in **Excel**. I have attached a practice sheet for you to practice.

## Conclusion

In this article, I have explained four methods on how to calculate **percentage increase** from **zero** in **Excel**. I hope these methods will be helpful to you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section.

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