.numbers .xls without loss of data?

hi all. i love numbers but have recently bought Excel and am in desperate need to finish a spreadsheet that i am having trouble finishing in numbers.
does anyone know if i can simply open a numbers file in xls and not lose any data whatsoever?
i may need to try this but i can't do it if i lose the data as i will have to spend a month recreating it.
thank in advance for any pro level advice...

thanks jerrold.
you and wayne are a godsend in helping me get this done. i am trying to finish this up in numbers but may do one test in exporting to xls to see how it looks.
also really looking forward to the numbers upgrade you were kind enough to bring to my attention.
big thanks...

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