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By digits and spaces I'll assume that you mean that and therefore it has no decimals, commas, etc.
By padded I'll assume you mean padded on the left and the field is right justified. But it may not matter.
Then perhaps your only problem is that you want one result for ' 0120' and ' 120' and not a separate result for each.
create table qtemp.jhhl
insert into qtemp.jhhl (mychar) values(' 0120');
insert into qtemp.jhhl (mychar) values(' 120');
insert into qtemp.jhhl (mychar) values(' 73');
select distinct(cast(trim(mychar) as integer))
order by 1;
returns 73, 120.
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