The results in column E are decimal values with the percentage number format applied. Converting this to an Excel formula with cell references, the formula in E5 becomes: When the result the Percentage number format is applied, 0.75 is displayed as 75%. As the formula is copied down, the formula returns percentage sold for item in the table.

Formatting percentages in Excel

In mathematics, a percentage is a number expressed as a fraction of 100. For example, 45% is read as “Forty-five percent” and is equivalent to 45/100 or 0.45. Accordingly, the results in column E are decimal values, with the Percentage number format applied.

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