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Outer join or Union or

Outer join or Union or

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This is a cut down version of my problem. I am sure the answer is so simple
I have a sales and budget table
Sales
ID Period Sales
1 1 200
2 3 300
3 4 500

ID Period Budget
1 1 100
2 2 400
3 4 50

I would like a query to produce

Peron Sales Budget
1 200 100
2 0 400
3 300 0
4 500 50

Please help
Thanks

RE: Outer join or Union or

You could first create helper query (union, distinct) to get all existing periods. If it is a fixed set, you can create table with periods instead. Next outer join this query (or table) with sales and budget tables.
Alternatively union sales and budget tables, with adding description column (Sales or Budget). Next create crosstab query. Drawback: nulls instead zeros, poor input for reports and other queries.

combo

RE: Outer join or Union or

I did my phd (piled higher & deeper) on oyher queries.

BTW, GPnew, welcome to Tek-Yips.

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

RE: Outer join or Union or

I love crosstabs but I think you can accomplish this with a UNION and a TOTALS query. Your union query would look like:

CODE --> quniSalesBudget

SELECT Period, SALES, 0 as Budget
FROM Sales
UNION SELECT Period, 0, Budget
FROM Budget 

Then create a totals query:

CODE --> sql

SELECT Period, Sum(Sales) as TotSales, Sum(Budget) as TotBudget
FROM quniSalesBudget
GROUP BY Period 

Duane
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