# PREVIOUSQUARTER Function (DAX)

Returns a table that contains a column of all dates from the previous quarter, based on the first date in the dates column, in the current context.

## Syntax

```
PREVIOUSQUARTER(<dates>)
```

## Parameters

Term |
Definition |

dates |
A column containing dates. |

## Return Value

A table containing a single column of date values.

## Remarks

Note

To understand more about how context affects the results of formulas, see Context in DAX Formulas.

This function returns all dates from the previous quarter, using the first date in the input column. For example, if the first date in the dates argument refers to June 10, 2009, this function returns all dates for the quarter January to March, 2009.

The dates argument can be any of the following:

A reference to a date/time column.

A table expression that returns a single column of date/time values.

A Boolean expression that defines a single-column table of date/time values.

Note

Constraints on Boolean expressions are described in the topic, CALCULATE Function (DAX).

## Example

The following sample formula creates a measure that calculates the 'previous quarter sales' for Internet sales.

To see how this works, create a PivotTable and add the fields, CalendarYear and CalendarQuarter, to the **Row Labels** area of the PivotTable. Then add a measure, named Previous Quarter Sales, using the formula defined in the code section, to the **Values** area of the PivotTable.

```
=CALCULATE(SUM(InternetSales_USD[SalesAmount_USD]), PREVIOUSQUARTER('DateTime'[DateKey]))
```

## See Also