Formatting Decimals in Haskell

A formatting function to go from numbers like 333999333.33 to “333,999,999.33″ in Haskell. Copes with negative numbers and rounds to 2 dp (easy to add a paramater for that should you wish).

Examples:

*Main> formatDecimal 44
"44.00"
*Main> formatDecimal 94280943.4324
"94,280,943.43"
*Main> formatDecimal (-89438.329)
"-89,438.33"
import Data.Graph.Inductive.Query.Monad (mapFst)
import List
import Text.Printf

formatDecimal d
    | d < 0.0   = "-" ++ (formatPositiveDecimal (-d)) 
    | otherwise = formatPositiveDecimal d 
    where formatPositiveDecimal = uncurry (++) . mapFst addCommas . span (/= '.') . printf "%0.2f" 
          addCommas = reverse . concat . intersperse "," . unfoldr splitIntoBlocksOfThree . reverse 
          splitIntoBlocksOfThree l = case splitAt 3 l of ([], _) -> Nothing; p-> Just p

If you know a simpler way or spot anything that should be done differently, please add a comment.

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