Butterfly Chart with Numeric Values and Percent Change for PowerPoint

Use this ‘Butterfly Chart / Tornado Chart’ PowerPoint template to compare two data series sharing same parameters side by side and show percent increase/decrease.

In this chart template, percentage increase/decrease between two parameters is derived from numeric data using formulas.


Butterfly Chart / Tornado Chart



Use case example: Sales comparison between two periods

The butterfly chart template above shows product sales numbers of ten products and compares them between two period. The chart also displays percent increase or decrease over previous period.

Numeric values are plotted on X-axis and categories (products in this example) are plotted on Y-axis. The two sub-categories/data series (last year and this year) are displayed side by side on either side of the categories for a quick comparison.

Also see Butterfly Chart / Tornado Chart with Percentage Values


% Change = [ (Sales in this year - Sales in previous year) / Sales in previous year ] x 100

How to use and edit this chart template

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter category data in column A, numeric data values for parameter 1 in column B and numeric data values for parameter 2 in column C. 
  3. Close the Excel sheet.
  4. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 and above.

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.

Stephen Few
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