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Function 'DATEADD' only works with contiguous date selections.

Hi All,


I have this error which is a measure calculated from net sales DATEADD -1 year.


MdxScript(Model) (1, 134) Calculation error in measure 'DimDate'[P/Y Sales1]: Function 'DATEADD' only works with contiguous date selections.


Unsure how i get over this so any help really appreciated.






@CraigBlackmanYou can try  P/Y Sales = CALCULATE ( [Net Sales]; SAMEPERIODLASTYEAR( Dates[Date]))

or wrap your P/Y Sales with SUMX 

P/Y Sales = SUMX ( salestable; calculate( [Net Sales]; DATEADD( Dates[Date]; -1 ; Year )) 


Konstantinos Ioannou

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The problem usually is the Grand total or a graph which has more year can wrap the formula IF(HASONEVALUE(Dates[Year]); yourmeasure)
Konstantinos Ioannou



Thanks for that. The issue is that I want to display a total for these columns.


I have this table, the P/Y Sales and P/Y Orders a\re the problem columns here, both based on the current date -1 Year.


Maybe I can calacultae this in another fashion?



@CraigBlackmanYou can try  P/Y Sales = CALCULATE ( [Net Sales]; SAMEPERIODLASTYEAR( Dates[Date]))

or wrap your P/Y Sales with SUMX 

P/Y Sales = SUMX ( salestable; calculate( [Net Sales]; DATEADD( Dates[Date]; -1 ; Year )) 


Konstantinos Ioannou

I have tried to make the formula to calculate the variation of a measure:

PYTDInversionTotal = SUMX (Fact_Market; CALCULATE ([Total Investment]; DATEADD (Dim_EmissionAmission Notice [TimeKey]; - 1; YEAR)))

But when I take it to my model it does not calculate me any value. What could be the problem?

Thanks Kostas. That helped me too!

Hi @konstantinos, I'm a new guy here in the community and a newbie using DAX and Power BI. I had the same function error but it turns me to this approach by getting to resolved the same issues. Having alike, the documentation can be found here => are definetly could help a lot.

The scenario is that this table has an incomplete DateMonth in one particular year in the middle of a FiscalYear ranges from 2001-2016. By having a slice n' dice using this filter to my Fact table then one of the year has incontiguous records by then the error shows. 

The DAX script below shows to me on how to get rid off the issue to an incontiguous list of dates in my CalendarFiscal table.

[Measure] = TOTALYTD(CALCULATE(SUM(FactTable[Amount]), DATEADD(Calendar[Date], -1, YEAR)), Calendar[Date], ALL(Calendar), "6/30")

Yep, it works to me.



After a bit of trial and error, the SUMX wrap has done the job, so many thanks for your help. Greatly appreciated.


Craig Blackman

Hi all, new to the forum and new to DAX as well.  It seems like many people have this same question, yet I haven't yet been able to find an answer that works in my situation.


What I want to do.  Compare sales year to date for current year (for example 1/1/2015 to 11/2/2015) to sales year to date previous year (for example 1/1/2014 to 11/2/2014)


Here's my two formulas so far   

Sales YTD:=TOTALYTD(sum(Sold[ExtPrice]),Sold[OrderDate])


Sales Prev YTD:=CALCULATE(SUM(Sold[ExtPrice]),DATESBETWEEN(Calender[DateKey],date(2014,1,1),LASTDATE(DATEADD(Sold[OrderDate],-365,DAY))))


My formula works fine in PowerPivot View, but I can't get around the dreaded contiguous date error whenever I create a pivot table.  I've tried messing with various IF(HASONEVALUE.... and SUMX... but haven't gotten a solution.  Again, I'm pretty new to all this so my understanding of some of these functions is pretty limited.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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@sksmith It seems that you are pulling a date for your Sales YTD from the fact table and not from your calendar table. Try:

Sales YTD: = TOTALYTD(SUM(Sold[ExtPrice]), Calender[DateKey]))

Do the same for your other calculations. Pull the date from the date table as time intelligence needs the date table to function correctly.

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