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How to use the TOP predicate with numeric data and the ORDER BY clause

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The TOP predicate with ORDER BY and numbers

Find the five products with the most units in stock


In this example, the business goal is to find the five products with the highest levels of inventory.  The use of the TOP predicate in combination with the ORDER BY clause can show its usefulness and practical application.  As you can see from the result set, the five products with the highest inventory levels appear first.  We use the DESC keyword with the ORDER BY clause so that highest quantities appear first. 


SELECT TOP 5 productname, unitsinstock, unitsonorder

FROM Products

ORDER BY unitsinstock DESC