You have a data in your database as below:

Sales by Branch

So now, you need to build a report Sales By Branch

Report Sales by Branch


There are many ways to implement any report like above. The most popular way is PIVOT technique in SQL Server. Ideally, PIVOT is used to convert rows to columns. To understand how it works, let see the following example.

Step 1: Create example data

— Create example data
DECLARE @Sales TABLE (BranchName nvarchar(50),YearMonth nvarchar(7),SalesAmount float)
VALUES(‘Branch A’,’2015-01′,15000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-02′,16000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-03′,20000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-04′,13000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-05′,10000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-06′,21000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-07′,25000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-08′,22300),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-09′,26100),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-10′,40000),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-11′,38500),
(‘Branch A’,’2015-12′,41000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-01′,30000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-02′,25000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-03′,28000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-04′,36000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-05′,25000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-06′,20000),
(‘Branch B’,’2015-07′,30000)

Step 2: Understand PIVOT statement

First, we need to understand PIVOT syntax.

SELECT <non-pivoted column>,

    [first pivoted column] AS <column name>,

    [second pivoted column] AS <column name>,


    [last pivoted column] AS <column name>


    (<SELECT query that produces the data>)

    AS <alias for the source query>



    <aggregation function>(<column being aggregated>)


[<column that contains the values that will become column headers>]

    IN ( [first pivoted column], [second pivoted column],

    … [last pivoted column])

) AS <alias for the pivot table>

<optional ORDER BY clause>;

Now, I am be back to the example to map with PIVOT syntax. We need to indicate what columns are non-pivoted column, and [first pivoted column],[second pivoted column],…[last pivoted column]. Then <aggregation function>(<column being aggregated>)

[non-pivoted column] = BranchName

[first pivoted column] = [2015-01]

[second pivoted column] = [2015-02]

[last pivoted column] = [2015-12]

<aggregation function>(<column being aggregated>) = SUM(SalesAmount)

Step 3: So now we can implement PIVOT as below:

SELECT BranchName,[2015-01],[2015-02],[2015-03],[2015-04],[2015-05],[2015-06]
FROM @Sales s
FOR YearMonth IN ([2015-01],[2015-02],[2015-03],[2015-04],[2015-05],[2015-06]


PIVOT Syntax

Run the statement to see the result, and you can use it in your report.

PIVOT final result



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