# Forecasting in Excel

in the table below I have done a simple forecast functionlook at what is expected from December to March based on previous months April to November giving a total of 322 ( - 53 below target of 253).  Can someone please tell me the simplest way to show separately using a formula as to what exactly would required in December to March to meet the target of 375.
Thanks

Forecast
Month            Period        2017-2018
April            1                      26
May             2                      27
June            3                      31
July                   4                              20
August           5                              27
September 6                              27
October          7                           29
November 8                              25
December 9                              28
January     10                              28
February  11                          28
March        12                              26
Total                                    322              Actual Target 375 (-53)
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See attached spreadsheet - see if this does it for you
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Author Commented:
Hi I can't see your attachment
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Try again......
Stretch.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Thank you.  Looking at the formula and not having done this before, is the final part of your formula (=C13+ROUND((\$C\$15-\$C\$14)/3,0) the number of months left to calculate (3)
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Thank you again!
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Yes - the formula calculates the difference between the forecast and the target (\$C\$15-\$C\$14) and divides this by 3. It then rounds the number to the nearest whole number ROUND((\$C\$15-\$C\$14)/3,0).

It then adds this to the forecast for the month (C13+) to come up with the stretch goal.
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Author Commented:
Brilliant thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.
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