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How to get a count based upon a grouping

I need to query a table similar to the one below. Basically I need to group the records below by the number of records
in each month. So the query would produce this result from the CustomerPurchases table. I can have the query display the month/year however how do I get the counts, of the number of records per month?
Purchase Per Month
5/2016     3
6/2016     1
7/2016     4

1 | 2016-05-01 12:33:44:187  |  Bartermore
2 | 2016-05-13 12:30:00:000  |  Drake
3 | 2016-05-31 01:22:11:187  |  Sami
4 | 2016-06-01 12:33:44:166  |  Gabak
5 | 2016-07-01 11:28:44:144  |  Laster
6 | 2016-07-11 12:34:45:186  |  Gobo
7 | 2016-07-15 12:33:44:187  |  Darmore
8 | 2016-07-15 12:33:44:175  |  Grabson
3 Solutions
HuaMin ChenSystem AnalystCommented:
select substring(convert(varchar,[PurchaseDate],112),1,6) [Month],count(*) [Total]
from Tab1
group by substring(convert(varchar,[PurchaseDate],112),1,6);

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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Well, in SQL terminology you don't say " I need to group the records below by the number of records
in each month", you say "I need to group the records by month and get the count.

I'd give this a try - depends on your SQL Server version:
Select Year(Purchasedate), Month(Purchasedate), Count(*) FROM CustomerPurchases
Group By Year(Purchasedate), Month(Purchasedate)

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Bye, Olaf.

PS: YEAR() and MONTH() are available since 2008, if your SQL Server installation is older then it's time to think of an upgrade, but you can then also use datepart(year, Purchasedate) and datepart(month, Purchasedate).
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
The "standard, best-practice" way of adjusting a date to a given time period -- day, week, month, year, whatever -- is this:
DATEADD(<time_period>, DATEDIFF(<time_period>, 0, Column_Date), 0)
This very efficiently strips the time and adjusts the value to the start of the relevant period.

Thus, for this case specifically, you would do something like below.  The conversion of date to char is done last because SQL is slower at handling chars than dates, so it's more efficient to delay the conversion until then.

SELECT STUFF(CONVERT(varchar(10), [Month], 101), 3, 3, '') AS Month,
        CAST(DATEADD(MONTH, DATEDIFF(MONTH, 0, PurchaseDate), 0) AS date) AS Month,
        COUNT(*) AS Purchase_Count
    FROM CustomerPurchases
    /* WHERE PurchaseDate >= '20160101' /*if you need to limit the time range considered*/ */    
) AS derived
ORDER BY [Month]
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brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
brgdotnet, if your problem has been solved please choose the comment or comments that helped you out.
brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
HuaMin ChenSystem AnalystCommented:
Hi Brgdotnet,
Please confirm that you have no more questions to this thread. Thanks
HuaMin ChenSystem AnalystCommented:
The previous given advice should have resolved the author's original question.
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