Convert dates to fiscal quarter and year

This macro converts a date column to a column containing the fiscal quarter and year. By default, the fiscal year starts in July.

Download the Macro

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Required Inputs

  • A column of dates
  • An empty column where you would like the output to be stored

Optional Inputs

Use to specify an initial month for the fiscal year other than the default (July). Specify 1 for January, 2 for February, and so on.
Use to specify a column where the fiscal month for each observation will be stored.

Running the Macro

Suppose your date column is in C1, and you would like the fiscal quarter-year to be stored in column C2. Your fiscal year starts in October. To run the macro, choose Edit > Command Line Editor and type:


Click Submit Commands.

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