DAX | Calendars and dates exercise | Showing cumulative percentage of previous year's sales

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Software ==> DAX  (28 exercises)
Version ==>
Topic ==> Calendars and dates  (5 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> Power BI training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help).

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Create a new Power BI file, and load both tables from the workbook in the above folder:

Tables to load

The tables you'll need to load to do this exercise.


Create a relationship between the two tables by the date field in each, and set your calendar table up to work correctly.  You should now be able to produce a matrix like this:

Matrix of purchases

You don't actually need to create this for the exercise, but it might give you the confidence you've set everything up correctly!


The ultimate aim of this exercise is to create the following table:

Table of measures

See below for lots of help on how to create these measures!  Note that you should filter your table to show only data for January 2019, otherwise you won't see these figures.


To do this, you'll need to create measures for the last 3 columns, using the guidance notes below:

Measure Notes
YearToDate Count the cumulative year-to-date number of purchases, using either the TOTALYTD function or the CALCULATE and DATESYTD functions combined.
PreviousMonth Use the CALCULATE function to count the number of purchases, with the PARALLELPERIOD function to change the filter context to the dates for the previous month.
CumulativeRatio Divide the first measure by the second!

Remember to filter your table to show only figures for January 2019.

Save this file as Last month, then close down the Power BI instance that you're using.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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