The area chart below shows the top 5 movie distributors’ market share over the last 5 years. The total height for each year indicates the total gross sales and the relative height of each segment represents the distributor’s market share (among the top 5). In addition, the top performing movie is listed below the chart in a data row.
Buena Vista has steadily grown over the last 5 years and took the lead in 2016 with Rogue One. The other distributors have often interchanged market share rankings.
Area chart of top 5 movie distributor market share from 2012 to 2016
This chart was built using the Aploris add-in for PowerPoint on a Mac.
The area chart below shows the number of craft breweries in the US by segment between 2008 and 2015. A growth arrow is used to indicate that the overall growth has been 16% CAGR and the data column shows the CAGR for each segment. While all segments have grown, microbreweries have grown the fastest at 27% CAGR.
Area chart showing number of craft breweries in the US by segment
The area chart was built with the Aploris data visualization add-in for PowerPoint.
The area chart below shows US energy consumption by source between 1960 and 2014. Unlike the line chart, the area chart shows the cumulative impact allowing the reader to better ascertain the contribution of each source to the total energy consumption. While renewable energy sources have grown rapidly in recent years, fossil fuel still dominates US consumption.
Area chart showing US energy consumption by source since 1960
This chart was built on a Mac using Aploris and PowerPoint for Mac 2016. Aploris for Mac supports a large variety of business charts including Mekko, Gantt, and bubble charts.
The 100% area chart below shows the market share for smartphone vendors based on the numbers of units. Market share for the largest vendors, Samsung & Apple, have been shrinking over the last 4 years. The relative height of each segment (row) at each year (column) depicts the market share.
100% area chart for the market share of units shipped by the largest smartphone vendors
The 100% area chart is an effective way to show market share without indicating the change in the absolute market size. If we also wanted to show the growth in the overall market, a regular area chart would have been an obvious choice.