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i am working on a spread sheet which have Apples, Oranges and Peaches and so on. I want to create a formula which matched Apples than column D "098" the amount in either column B & C.  

So formula may be look for Apples and than look for 098 if both matches than take the amount from either column B or C.

than Apples and 099 the problem is below formula only checks Apples in first row but does not check the 2nd or 3rd and so on.  

=IF(VLOOKUP(A1,sheet1!A:D,4,0)="098",VLOOKUP(A1,sheet1!A:D,2,0))it does not work just giving you an idea.  

Apples 1.0000 1.2288 098
Apples 2.0000 0.9329 099
Apples 3.0000 5.4456 100
Apples 4.0000 0.1302 102
Orange 5.0000 0.1181 098
Orange  6.0000 0.0000 099
Orange  7.0000 0.0000 100
Orange  8.0000 0.7520 102


You could use a formula like:
which MUST be entered via ctrl/shift/enter, not just enter.
If Apples & 098 are in cells K1 and L1, you could use
but the 098 would have to be a text-value, else it'd be seen as plain 98, not 098.

Of course, you can change the $8 in the above formulas to $100 or wherever the last used row is.
Also, I used C:C for the 3rd coloumn -- if you wanted the 2nd column, use B:B

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