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May 7, 2008

Sorry if this question has been answered before--i tried a search but nothing came close to what i needed.

I have a report I am creating where I need to group on whether a number is positive or negative. The number will never be zero. This number is a decimal (currency), if that makes a difference.

I have tried creating a formula field with the following expression:

Code Snippet

IIf(Fields!Num.Value > 0, 1, 0)

I tried creating a group using this field (essentially, positive = 1 and negative = 0), but it gave me no results at all.

If you need any more information, please let me know and I will provide what I can. Thanks for your answers!

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