Arithmetic Statements

The arithmetic statements are the ADD, COMPUTE, DIVIDE, MULTIPLY and SUBTRACT statements. Common features are as follows:

  1. The data descriptions of the operands need not be the same; any necessary conversion and decimal point alignment are supplied throughout the calculation.
  2. The composite of operands is a hypothetical data item resulting from the superimposition of specified operands in a statement aligned on their decimal points.

    ANS85 The composite of operands for ADD, DIVIDE, MULTIPLY and SUBTRACT statements must not contain more than 18 decimal digits.

    MF There is no limit on the composite of operands.