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SSRS #72 – Use RunningValue() Function to Concatenate Row Values

I had a post quite a while ago on how to use FOR XML clause with PATH mode, which is available since SQL 2005, to concatenate row values into columns.

T-SQL – Concatenate row values in Transact-SQL

We can achieve the same in SSRS with a wonderful aggregate function, RunningValue() function.


But to make it work, it can take more than a few tries.

In this example, I am going to use the MDX query from my post MDX #10 – Top 5 Resellers in Each Country.


Once I have the MDX query ready, I want to concatenate the top 5 resellers into a column, and the result will look like this:


A great post on beyondrelational.com has inspired this post. I forgot the link, but still want to attribute to the original blogger.

First add some custom code to the report

The first we need to do is to add some custom code to the report by going to the Report Properties.


In the Code section, create a custom function ConcatenateString() to concatenate resellers for each country. It will take Country and Reseller as 2 parameters.


Next create a row group

Next we need to create a row group, named “Group_Country”. In the group property, make sure that the group by column is [Sales_Territory_Country].


Use RunningValue in the expression

In the Top 5 Resellers expression, enter:

=RunningValue(Code.ConcatenateString(Fields!Sales_Territory_Country.Value, Fields!Reseller.Value), Max, "Group_Country")

  • The ConcatenateString() function take 2 parameters, Fields!Sales_Territory_Country.Value and Fields!Reseller.Value.
  • The aggregate function Max is the second parameter for the RunningValue() function. 
  • The last parameter is the name of the row group.
  • The RunningValue() function iterates through each [Sales_Territory_Country] in the row group, finds each reseller, concatenates them, until it finds all the resellers in each [Sales_Territory_Country].

Concatenating row values into column can be easily done in TSQL, and also in SSRS.

  1. Prashant
    September 28, 2012 at 5:59 am


    In SSRS Datetime Parameter I need to select Time as well.

    May I know how to activate/Enable Time Selection in SSRS?


  2. Alphonse
    May 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Excellent! This got me over a rough spot. Thank you.

    I would also like to know if anyone has an idea how to handle the situation where the dataset is not ordered by Sales_Territory_Country…


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