# Group Sold Products by Date using SQL

Questions like grouping sold products by date are popular SQL questions in Data Science interviews. In this problem, your task is to group the products sold on each date and calculate the total number of products sold on that date. So, if you want to learn how to group products by date, this article is for you. In this article, I’ll take you through how to group sold products by date using SQL.

## Group Sold Products by Date: Problem Statement

You are given a table named Activities. Each row in the table represents a sales activity, and the columns contain essential details as shown below:

```+------------+---------+
| sell_date  | product |
+------------+---------+
| 2020-05-30 | Apples  |
| 2020-06-01 | Milk    |
| 2020-05-30 | Bananas |
| 2020-06-01 | Cereal  |
| 2020-05-30 | Oranges |
+------------+---------+```

The task is to organize and present this sales data in a meaningful format. The goal is to group the products that were sold on each date and calculate the total number of products sold on that date.

## Group Sold Products by Date using SQL

Solving this problem requires grouping the data based on the dates and aggregating the number of products sold on each date. Additionally, the unique product names for each date need to be combined into a single string, separated by commas.

First, let’s create the input table for our SQL database (I am using MySql):

```CREATE TABLE Activities (
sell_date DATE,
product VARCHAR(50)
);

INSERT INTO Activities (sell_date, product)
VALUES
('2020-05-30', 'Apples'),
('2020-06-01', 'Milk'),
('2020-05-30', 'Bananas'),
('2020-06-01', 'Cereal'),
('2020-05-30', 'Oranges');```

Now here’s how to group sold products by date using SQL:

```SELECT
sell_date,
COUNT(*) AS num_sold,
GROUP_CONCAT(DISTINCT product ORDER BY product ASC) AS products
FROM
Activities
GROUP BY
sell_date
ORDER BY
sell_date;```
```+------------+----------+------------------------+
| sell_date  | num_sold | products               |
+------------+----------+------------------------+
| 2020-05-30 |        3 | Apples,Bananas,Oranges |
| 2020-06-01 |        2 | Cereal,Milk            |
| 2020-06-02 |        2 | Bread                  |
+------------+----------+------------------------+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)```

Below is how the above SQL script works:

1. The SELECT statement retrieves data from the Activities table.
2. We select the sell_date column to represent the date of sales.
3. The COUNT(*) function calculates the total number of products sold on each sell date.
4. The GROUP_CONCAT(DISTINCT product ORDER BY product ASC) function concatenates the distinct product names for each sell date, ordered alphabetically.
5. The GROUP BY clause groups the results by sell_date, ensuring that the aggregation is performed for each unique date.
6. The ORDER BY clause sorts the results in ascending order of sell_date.

### Summary

So this is how to group sold products by date using SQL. When you run the SQL script with the provided Activities table, it will return a result that groups the products sold by date, along with the total number of products sold and the concatenated product names. I hope you liked this article on grouping sold products by date using SQL. Feel free to ask valuable questions in the comments section below.

##### Aman Kharwal

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