Applies to: Calculated column Calculated table Measure Visual calculation


This function is discouraged for use in visual calculations as it likely returns meaningless results.

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.




Term Definition
dates A column containing dates.

Return value

A table containing a single column of date values.


  • 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.
  • Constraints on Boolean expressions are described in the topic, CALCULATE.

  • This function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.


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

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

Time intelligence functions
Date and time functions