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how do I remove whitespace from in between text

I have text in a field that looks like the following:

Contract_no
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AB-123C-4567
DE-892F-
6007
GH-292I-J2006
KL-3434-
M2008

That is actually 4 rows of data. The data was entered for some of the records with what looks like a hard return. When I try to use BCP to export the records and remove the whitespace it doesn't work. How should I fix this?

I tried the following select statement in my export select RTRIM(LTRIM(contract_no)) from contracts
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duncanb7Commented:
where you view the information ?

 Contract_no
-----------------
AB-123C-4567
DE-892F-
6007
GH-292I-J2006
KL-3434-
M2008

You view the data in webpage or in mysql database in phpmyadmin ?

If you view it in html page, you need to
set p tag with CSS

<style>
p
{
white-space:nowrap;
}
</style>

take a look for minus-sign in html page
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/CSS/Q_28230776.html
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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
You can try stripping them out of the data using REPLACE.  CHAR(10) and CHAR(13) are newline and carriage return characters.

SELECT REPLACE(REPLACE(myColumn, CHAR(13), ''), CHAR(10), '')
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sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I mannually entered the sample data I am viewing it inside of sql server I open the table and look at the field values. Then I export it using bcp the data appears in the text file the same way. I will try the replace argument
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sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
thanks
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