Dear COBOL experts,

Is there any equivalent of the following in COBOL, or an easier way to do it 
than fooling around with numeric-edited fields?

CustNbr is a 6-digit signed (USAGE IS DISPLAY) field. I want to put the 
Customer Number (CustNbr) into message data (MessageData) to pass to the 
QMHSNDPM API. If the customer number is 123,and I do the following using 
free-format RPG-IV, 

    MessageData = %char( CustNbr );

the input is 000123 and the output would be 123 (left-justified and all). The 
message looks like Customer Number 123 is not on file.

The only way I know how to do this in COBOL results in 
Customer Number       123 is not on file.

Cheers -- Jay

Jay Sulzmann
AS/400 Senior Programmer/Analyst
AS/400 Certified RPG IV Developer
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