Jon Paris,
Thank you so much for your help.  You really made my day.  Thanks again. 
Jon Paris <Jon.Paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Your problem is that READ ... INTO will not do what you want. It is the
equivalent of doing a READ followed by a MOVE of the 01 level to the 01
level in the WS.

In other words a character MOVE. Because of this no numeric editing will
take place. This is true of all versions of COBOL - it has nothing to do
with the 400 implementation or the fact that the number is packed.

You need to do a straight READ and then MOVE the individual fields
separately in order for the edit to take place.

Jon Paris

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