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From the Language Reference manual link that can be found on this page:
220.127.116.11 Insertion and decimal point characters
The point, comma, or slash can be used in conjunction with the V to cause insertion of the point (or comma or slash) in the position that delimits the end of the integer portion in and the beginning of the fractional portion of a fixed-point (or floating-point) number, as might be desired in printing, since the V does not cause printing of a point. The point must immediately precede or immediately follow the V. If the point precedes the V, it is inserted only if an unsuppressed digit appears to the left of the V, even if all fractional digits are significant. If the point immediately follows the V, it is suppressed if all digits to the right of the V are suppressed, but it appears if there are any unsuppressed fractional digits (along with any intervening zeros).
The following example shows decimal conventions that are used in different countries.
declare A picture 'Z,ZZZ,ZZZV.99',
B picture 'Z.ZZZ.ZZZV,99',
C picture 'ZBZZZBZZZV,99';
A,B,C = 1234;