forecast function help

```This might seem a bit newbie but im having trouble with the forecas
function.

Say for example i have a collection of data for sales of each item ove
a number of years:

item           2000 2001 2002 2003

1              3         4         5
2              4         3         2
3              2         2         4
4              3         1         5
5              4         1         6
6              2         2         4

i am asked to forcast the values for the year 2003. I have read an
looked at many examples on how to do this and still can't work ou
where to start?
Any help would be great, thank you

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Frank Kabel
Frankfurt, Germany

"method" <method.1dnq7a@excelforum-nospam.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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>
> This might seem a bit newbie but im having trouble with the forecast
> function.
>
> Say for example i have a collection of data for sales of each item
over
> a number of years:
>
> item           2000 2001 2002 2003
>
> 1              3         4         5
> 2              4         3         2
> 3              2         2         4
> 4              3         1         5
> 5              4         1         6
> 6              2         2         4
>
> i am asked to forcast the values for the year 2003. I have read and
> looked at many examples on how to do this and still can't work out
> where to start?
> Any help would be great, thank you.
>
>
> --
> method
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
---
> method's Profile:
http://www.excelforum.com/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=15030
>

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frank.kabel (11126)
10/5/2004 2:30:29 PM
```I will assume the entry Item is in A1 while the years are in B1:E1
That row 2 is empty
That the 1 (for item 1) is in A3 while the data is in B3:D3

In E3 enter =FORECAST(\$E\$1,B3:D3,\$B\$1:\$D\$1)
Copy formula down to E8

But with such limited data do not place too much confidence on the results
If the numbers must be integers use =ROUND(FORECAST(\$E\$1,B3:D3,\$B\$1:\$D\$1),0)

best wishes

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"method" <method.1dnq7a@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote in message
news:method.1dnq7a@excelforum-nospam.com...
>
> This might seem a bit newbie but im having trouble with the forecast
> function.
>
> Say for example i have a collection of data for sales of each item over
> a number of years:
>
> item           2000 2001 2002 2003
>
> 1              3         4         5
> 2              4         3         2
> 3              2         2         4
> 4              3         1         5
> 5              4         1         6
> 6              2         2         4
>
> i am asked to forcast the values for the year 2003. I have read and
> looked at many examples on how to do this and still can't work out
> where to start?
> Any help would be great, thank you.
>
>
> --
> method
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> method's Profile:
> http://www.excelforum.com/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=15030
>

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10/5/2004 2:38:05 PM

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