Regression and seasonality

#1
I am running a multiple linear regression analysis to show how different demand factors affect demand of juice. My independent variables are price, temperature, competitor price, feature space and competitor feature space. However, I know there is an element of seasonality which is affecting the demand. I am looking at 2 years worth of weekly data, so feel that including dummy variables isn’t an option. I have seasonality indices which have been loosely worked out using an average of 4 years, removing sales caused by promotion and giving a percentage increase or decrease from how much sales vary on average from the base sale. How can I incorporate seasonality into my regression model?
 

hlsmith

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#2
So for clarification, you do not think your scenario would fall under time series?


Have you plotted the relationship to see if their appears to be a relationship you may need to control for?
 
#3
I wouldn't use a time series model here as I'm trying to measure to what extent external factors are influencing the demand - there just appears to be a general 'spike' in the demand at certain points during the year
 

CB

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#4
Maybe a trigonometric (e.g., sine/cosine) function of time would be useful here as a control variable? That'd allow you to control for some types of smoothly shifting seasonal demand.