







How to calculate percentage change 
20070803 

From Galland: I am working on graphs and I need to find the percentage of increase from one figure to another. How do I do that? For instance staff hours for 2006 were 28011 and for 2007 were 31230. How do I find the percentage of increase? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Two increases of 20% 
20160127 

From Z: How do I find how many books are in a library given a problem like this... The number of books increase after buying 20% more in May. The number increased again by 20% after they were given 300 books. How many books did it start with?. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Book sales 
20151230 

From Sandra: Your finance text book sold 56,500 copies in its first year. The publishing company expects the sales to grow at a rate of 20.0 percent for the next three years, and by 8.0 percent in the fourth year. Calculate the total number of copies that the publisher expects to sell in year 3 and 4. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A price increase and a consumption decrease 
20140816 

From sujan: If the price of petrol increases by 25% and Rajesh intends to spend only 15% more on petrol then by how much % should he reduce the quantity of petrol he buys? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase of the population of a town 
20140328 

From hunter: The population of a certain town in 1984 was 2900 people. The percent increase was 2.5% each year. What is the town's population in 2002? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Increasing and decreasing sales 
20130306 

From Meghan: Pace Design's sales increased by 30% in the first year, increased by 60% in the second year, decreased by 60% in the third year and increased by 90% in the fourth year. What was the cumulative change in sales over the 4 years? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 46% increase 
20120103 

From kabilan: increase a price of £8.24 by 46% and give the answer to the nearest penny Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A 15% increase 
20110322 

From Abeth: Bobby dela Cruz is the purchasing agent for school supplies of a certain university. Because of new research projects, Bobby ordered an additional 32,500 worth of supplies this month. This is a 15% increase from last month. What was the value of the school supplies that Bobby ordered last month? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Percentage increase 
20100520 

From Rebecca: Question from Rebecca:
In 2008 my land was valued at $84,000. In 2009 my land was revalued at $235,000.00. What is the
percent increase between the two values? I want to be able to express "the
value was increased by x%." Answered by Harley Weston. 





Percentage increase from a negative to a positive 
20100112 

From Greg: If a company had a net lost in 2005 of $11,234 and net income of $3231 in 2006, what is the percentage annual growth in income between the two years? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Percentage decrease 
20090804 

From Bill: How to calculate the Percentage Increase or Decrease of a $ value.
Example 
Site Spend for 01012008 thru 073108 was $ 3,465,660
Site Spend, 2009 YTD as of 073109, was $ 1,673,405
Site Spend down what % between these two amounts ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The retail price for an ice cream scoop 
20090705 

From Patricia: Hi  I am trying to figure out the fairest retail price for an ice cream scoop. We have an ice cream parlor
and the cost of the ice cream we buy by the bulk container has recently been increased so now we must charge
more for our scoops. We pay a wholesale price of $25.40 for 242 ounces of ice cream. The cost per ounce is
$0.105. What is the formula for figuring out how much to charge retail per scoop? This is probably so simple
but confusing to me. Please help. Thank you! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Percent increase from a negative number to a positive number 
20090421 

From Brian: I have no problem calculating year over year net profits but am having trouble when it comes to a negative.
2007 Net Profit = 110,333.00
2008 Net Profit = 66,054.00
Brian Answered by Harley Weston. 





Percentage increase 
20090119 

From Destiny: In 1990 there were 25 springs in the park. This year there are 35 springs
in the park. What is the percent increase? Answered by Penny. 





A 10% increase in supply 
20081010 

From Irena: How do you find begining inventory if after 10% increase in supply you got 27.5 units Answered by Penny Nom. 





Increase pricing by 5% 
20080928 

From Adrian: I am working to increase pricing by 5%. If the price is 100, I would typically use the formulas 100 * 1.05 = 105, which is a $5 increase. An associate suggests I divide to get the desired increase. For example, using $100 with a 5 percent increase. I would use the forumula 100/.95 = 105.26. Thas is a 5.26 increase. Can you explain this method to me an why the different increases? Which one is correct. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20080629 

From Paul: Could you please help me with this question. I was paying $98.00 a month for my health insurance premium, now it is up to $125.83 How much of an increase is that as a percentage increase, and how can I do this on a calculator. I'd like to know how much my increase is as a percentage. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage change 
20070819 

From nona: If inputs increase by 30% and outputs increase by 15%, what is the percentage change in productivity? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Percentage change 
20070813 

From Karen: I need a formula for calculating percentages in Excel. For example, we =
sold 4 units of an item one month, and 105 units the next. I need a =
formula to calculate the percentage increase in sales units. Also, if =
5251 were sold one month and 651 the next, what is the formula for =
calculating the percentage difference? Please help, thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase and decrease 
20070613 

From Anna: I just want to if the following formula is used for the computation of a PERCENTAGE DECREASE:
Old Value  New Value/ Old Value x 100%
My immediate superior is under the impression that the said formula works ONLY for the computation of a percentage INCREASE. He believes that the formula for a percentage DECREASE:
Old Value  New Value/ NEW Value x 100%
On this score, I want to know the correct formula for the computation of percentage decrease. Thank you so much.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage change 
20070501 

From katie: i no many people have asked about this but im still unsure what is percentage change i have my ks3 tomoro so please reply asap thankz Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20061221 

From Wang: The last week of a month a car dealership sold 12 cars. A new sales promotion came out the first week of the next month and the sold 19 cars that week. What was the percent increase in sales from the last week of the previous month compared to the first week of the next month? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20061129 

From Toya: I have some statistics from year to year based on drug seizures.(units= lbs) e.g. in 2005 123lbs seized in 2006 1518lbs seized. now i worked out the percentage increase as to be in the thousands which from looking at the figures is correct however i don't want to say 1000% increase.
using another formula current previous *100 I got 92%. what exactly does this 92% represent and how can i use this number when presenting my answers instead of using 1000 + % Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20061015 

From Amanpreet: in yr 7, bill was 1.28 m tall, in yr 9 he was 1.67m tall. calculate his percentage increase in height Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Plotting percentage change 
20061011 

From Beckie: I have worked out a set of percentage differences which are all percentage decrease. Should i express them as a negative percentage as 20%? I also need to plot them on a graph and am not sure whether to just use the percentage difference as it is, in which case i get a positive gradient, or include a negative axis and plot them in this way, in which case i would get a negative gradient. I think the slope of the curve will be the same either way so it might not matter! Answered by Penny. 





A 5900% increase 
20060303 

From Pat: I want to find out the % of production increase from 250 dolls a month to 15,000 dolls a month. i think it is 5900% but that seems too high. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20051215 

From Luiz: I would like to know how much net income in % we have increased from 2005 to a 2006(projection).
2005 Net Income Actual: $1,599,887
2006 Net Income Budgeted: $2,067,339 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20050919 

From Dory: Last year sales was 120,000 $ and this year sales is 280,000 $, there was an increase in sales. what I would like to know is the percentage increase between the years with the formula. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is this percentage change or percentage increase? 
20050815 

From Betty: When calculating a percentage, if the formula is
A(new)  B(old)/A(new)
Is this percentage change or percentage increase? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 40% reduction 
20041110 

From Cathy: I'm having trouble figuring out how to figure a percentage??? it's easy to find what 40% of any given number is, but how would i accurately figure out what is the final number is when i know the number after the 40% has been removed? when i add 40% to this number it obviously is lower than it should
be. the best i could figure is;
x=?40% > x?=40% i'm all confused???? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 40% increase in garage space 
20041020 

From Dianna: A bus company recently expanded and no longer has enough room in its garage for all of its buses. Twelve of the buses have to be stored outside. If the company decides to increase their garage space by 40%, this will give them enough room for all of their current buses, plus enough room to store another twelve in the future. How many buses does the company own? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percent increase 
20031224 

From Frank: How does one figure the percent of increase or decrease in the cost of an item? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maine and Nevada 
20031024 

From Jimmy:
From 1989 to 1990, the population of Nevada increased b y 157,000, and that of Maine increased by 30,000. In 1990, the population of Nevada was 1,206,152, and that of Maine was 1,233,223. If the populations of the two states continue to increase at the same rates, when will the populations of Nevada and Maine be the same? Write a verbal model for this problem Write an equation for the model Solve the equation and answer the question. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 40% markup 
20030612 

From Nick: I am attempting to determine the Retail price of an item that costs me 11.00. Our company wants to sell it at a markup of 40%. I calculated this two ways, first the way I thought it should be done. Second, the way the calculator does it (and my accountant).
 Cost + Cost*(percentmarkup/100)= retail price 11.00 + 11.00*.40 = retail price 11.00 + 4.40 = 15.40 retail price
 Using the calculators Mark Up key the answer is 18.33. Or 7.33 more than the cost or 67%.
I am confused by this Mark Up key and how it calculates. I used a cost of $10.00 and marked it up 50%. I thought it should equal $15.00 but the calculator says $20.00? This seems to be 100% markup, yes? Can you explain the difference between the way I did it and the way a Business calculator does it? Answered by Penny Nom. 





25% more 
20030116 

From Charlie: If I buy something for $10 and want to sell for 25% more, do I multiply by 1.25 or divide by .75? Or another way  why do I get $13.33 when dividing by .75 ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How do start from 2700 and get 35% back out? 
20020909 

From Dennis: 2000 x 0.35 = 700 + 2000 = 2700 How do start from 2700 and get 35% back out? If I have 2700, how do I figure out that 35% of 2000 is 700 and adding the two them together will get me 2700? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage 
20020720 

From Sally: If 20% of 100 is 80, then why is the percentage difference between 80 and 100 25%. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 7% increase 
20011212 

From Lorraine: how do you calculate an old salary if the only information you have is current salary and the percentage increase received. For example if I make $15.86 an hour and I received a 7% increase, how much did I used to make? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage increase 
20010217 

From Bob: If sales for jan 2001 are 154 vs 105 for 2000  the increase total presented to my office is +46%  how does that compute. Please give me the equation. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Increasing the weight 
20000323 

From Lee Millard: A weight of dimension a, b is to have its weight increased by w% by bolting plates of the same material along the top and one side (but not at both ends). The top plate and side plate have the thickness, x. Find the thickness of the plates for a given weight increase of w%. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percent of improvement 
20000130 

From Steve Quigg:
In a 1998 survey, 21% polled responded favorably to a question. In 1999, 31% responded favorably. What is the percent of improvement? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Percentage increase 
19991003 

From Ann Allen: I am a a student in the 12th grade. I need to know how to calclulate the following: A percentage increase from 2.0% to 9.5% is what percentage? Answered by Harley Weston. 

