How to summarize your data using ROLLUP and CUBE in TSQL

We all know when reporiting any financial or sales information adding sub totals and grand totals to report makes it more effective but most offten develop0rs dont realize TSQL provides a effective way in doing this is using rollup and cube operators in group by clause.

So for this demo I am using Adventure works 2008 OLTP sample database

Three tables

  1. Production.Product
  2. Production.ProductCategory
  3. Production.ProductSubcategory

here is a simple querying joining three tables and grouping by product category and subcategory




AVG(ListPrice)as Avglistprice,

MAX (ListPrice)as MAxlistprice,

MAX(StandardCost)as Maxstandardcost

from Production.Product p

inner join Production.ProductSubcategory s

on  p.ProductSubcategoryID = s.ProductSubcategoryID

inner join Production.ProductCategory pc

on  pc.ProductCategoryID = s.ProductCategoryID

group by pc.ProductCategoryID,s.ProductSubcategoryID


You can see we are missing some things in the above result i.e  subtotals and grand totals

change group by cluase to include rollup operator like this

group by ROLLUP(pc.ProductCategoryID,s.ProductSubcategoryID)

trying running it with out errors

Result looks like this

CUBE is used as same way but it gives us a little different result , CUBE summarizes all the combinations of  columns in group by clause and it also gives us grandtotal which does not make sense for above example because each sub category exists once in each category.


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