July 17, 2011

SQL Server: Common mistake while Calculating Quarter Sales




When it comes to calculating quarter sales, I have always seen developers grouping only by quarter. For eg: Assuming we have a table called SalesTable with columns – SalesDate and Qty. To calculate the quantity sold per quarter, developers usually write the query as:

SQL Quarter Grouping

Now if the data is only for a year, the query would work. However this is seldom the case. In most of the reports I have seen,  end users want to see the quarters for 'each' year. So to do it correctly, you have to add the year too in the GroupBy clause, as shown below:

SQL Quarter Grouping

Now the query will differentiate each quarter by its year and produce correct results. It's a simple tip, but very easy to forget!


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