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Percent sold

Excel allows a user to get a percent of sold products using the simple division. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting a percent sold from a total.

Figure 1. The result of the formula

Syntax of the Formula

The generic formula is:

=total / sold

The parameters of the formula are:

  • total – a total amount
  • sold – a sold amount from total

Setting up Our Data for the Formula

Let’s look at the structure of the data we will use. In column B (“Total”), we have a total amount and in column C (“Sold”) we have a sold amount. In the column D (“Percent sold”), we want to get a percentage of the sold amount.

Figure 2. Data that we will use in the example

Get a Percentage of a Sold Amount

In our example, we want to get a percentage of a sold amount (3600). The result will be in the cell D3.

The formula looks like:


The parameter total is the cell B3, while the parameter sold is C3.

To apply the formula, we need to follow these steps:

  • Select cell D3 and click on it
  • Insert the formula: =B3/C3
  • Press enter
  • Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

Figure 3. Using the formula to get a percentage of a sold amount

Finally, the result in the cell D3 is 60%.

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Sibongile Nkabinde
Sibongile Nkabinde

If I have 16 cabbages at R15 each and sell 2 cabbages, how do I calculate this into percentage on a spreadsheet

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