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Trim decimal places from Varchar field

Posted on 2013-10-31
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Hi.. I have varchar field with values like this
00.1231556
123.99999999
56.12344455

Only need to 2 decimal place

00.12
123.99
56.123

what's the syntax ?
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Question by:JElster
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by:Shaun Kline
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The ROUND function would work.
ROUND(<value>, 2, 1)
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Sorry, forgot about the varchar.

So CAST(ROUND(CAST(<value> AS decimal), 2, 1) AS varchar)
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by:JElster
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Error converting data type varchar to float.
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by:Shaun Kline
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Another option would be to use CHARINDEX to find the position of the period, add 2 to that value and then use LEFT:

LEFT(<value>, CHARINDEX('.', <value>) + 2)
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by:Jim Horn
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Shaun_Kline is correct.   Slight correction though, adding percision and scale to the decimal
Declare @str varchar(10) = '123.456'

SELECT CAST(ROUND(CAST(@str AS decimal(5,2)), 2, 1) AS varchar) 

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This does beg the obvious question though, why is a column with numeric values a varchar data type?
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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As you have posted this in javascript, I assume you want the javascript to pre-format for you and the code for that is:

var twoPlacedFloat = parseFloat(yourString).toFixed(2);

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by:Shaun Kline
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Based on the error you posted, I'm guessing you have non-numeric data (maybe empty strings or NULLs) in that field as well. You can use the ISNUMERIC function to filter out records that does not contain numbers in your field.
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