The NUMVAL Function

The NUMVAL function returns the numeric value represented by the character string specified by argument-1. Leading and trailing spaces are ignored. The type of this function is numeric.

General Format


  1. Argument-1 must be an alphanumeric

    MF or national

    literal or an alphanumeric

    MF or national

    data item whose content has one of the following two formats:


    where space is a string of zero or more spaces and digit is a string of one to 18 digits.

  2. The total number of digits in argument-1 must not exceed 18.
  3. If the DECIMAL POINT IS COMMA clause is specified in the Special-Names paragraph, a comma must be used in argument-1 rather than a decimal point.

Returned Values

  1. The returned value is the numeric value represented by argument-1.
  2. The number of digits returned is 18.
  3. Floating-point format is used for numeric non-integer results.