I have the following Excel spreadsheet:

In **Column A** you can find different products. In **Column B** the `number of orders`

of each product and in **Column C** the `profit per product`

.

In **Column D** the `total profit`

for each product is calculated by multiply the values in **Column B** with the values in **Column C**.

In **Column E** the product with the **lowest** `total profit`

is displayed by using the following formula:

```
=IF(D2=SMALL($D$2:$D$7,1),"Lowest","")
```

All this works fine so far.

Now I want to get rid of **Column D** because it only serves as a `helper column`

in order to identify the product with the **lowest** `total profit`

.

How do I have to modify my formula in **Column E** to show the **lowest** `total profit`

without the **helper Column D**.

I was thinking about something like this:

`=IF(B2 x C2 =SMALL($B$2:$B$7 x $C$2:$C$7,1),"Lowest","")`

That formula works as an array – `Ctrl`+`Shift`+`Enter` while still in the formula bar

`=IF(B2*C2 =SMALL($B$2:$B$7*$C$2:$C$7,1),"Lowest","")`

if you done it right it will wrap it in `{ }`

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