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Float Rounding when converted to varchar

Posted on 2013-06-05
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When converting a value from a Float to a varchar, it's rounding.  For example, I have a value, $35140.08, and when converted to a varchar it becomes 35140.1.  My ultimate goal is I need to present the value (which is a float datatype) with 2 decimal places with no decimal point, ie: 3514008.

SELECT REPLACE(CAST(CAST('35140.08' as FLOAT) as VARCHAR(255)),'.','') as MyValue

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Any ideas?  I tried FLOOR, STR and neither helped.
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by:Lee Savidge
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SELECT REPLACE(CAST(CAST('35140.08' as numeric (24, 2)) as VARCHAR(255)),'.','') as MyValue
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by:PortletPaul
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declare @f as float
set @f = 35140.088888888888

SELECT CAST(CAST(@f * 100 as bigint) as VARCHAR(255)) as MyValue
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by:Lee Savidge
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Like it...

Even simpler:

SELECT cast(35140.08 * 100 as bigint)
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:) I like simple
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by:Scott Pletcher
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What if the value internally is: $35140.086?

Do you want to see 3514008 or 3514009?
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by:Anthony Perkins
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When converting a value from a Float to a varchar, it's rounding.
Just as an aside and I am sure you have already figured this out, but float is an approximate numeric value and typically should not be used in business applications.  Instead you should use numeric or money as they are fixed numeric types and therefore no rounding problems like this.
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PortletPaul earned 500 total points
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[float]>>should not be used in business applications
I think it's actually forbidden in some places by regulation (but law is not my strong suit)
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lm1189, Hi. Have we answered this question - could it be closed off?
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by:lm1189
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I tried multiple methods but all had rounding issues, I eventually had to conver to the Money datatype which resolved my issues.
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