Outputting a blank as a field value if formula = 0

I have created a SQL statement to calculate the difference between two numerical fields.  Sometimes the field values are null, so I coalesce the values to zero.  If the calculated difference is zero, the output should be a blank and not a zero.

Here is the statement:

convert(varchar,case when coalesce(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0) > 0 then coalesce(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0) else '' end ) as DR
,case when coalesce(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0) < 0 then (coalesce(Credit,0)-coalesce(Debit,0)) else '' end as CR
Here is an example of the output:

AccountID      AccountDescription                                                      DR      CR
01.6205.2010      PTM MEDICAL/SURGICAL UNI OP MEDICARE      0.00      4180.50

How can I make the DR value ' '?


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Russell FoxDatabase DeveloperCommented:
You just need to move your CONVERT to the calculation so all possible outcomes are of the same data type; i.e., the case statement can only produce strings or it can only produce numbers:
		case when coalesce(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0) > 0 
			then convert(varchar, COALESCE(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0))
			else '' 
	as DR
,		CASE when coalesce(Debit,0)-coalesce(Credit,0) < 0 
			THEN (coalesce(Credit,0)-coalesce(Debit,0)) 
			ELSE '' 

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Jose TorresCertified Database AdministratorCommented:
Russell is correct that both results of the case need to be the same data type.
I would like to add why use coalesce I would use ISNULL(Debit,0)
GPSPOWAuthor Commented:
Thank you

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