The performance of the Distributive Trade sector increased to 5.9 per cent in fourth quarter 2015. This increase was propelled by Retail Trade sub-sector (7.5%), Motor Vehicles (6.9%) and Wholesale Trade (4.5%). On a quarterly basis, sales value showed an increase of 2.4 per cent from RM252.3 billion to RM258.4 billion.
Total number of persons engaged in this sector was 1.7 million persons with an increase of 2.6 per cent or 41,298 persons as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged rose by 0.2 per cent or 3,942 persons.
Table 1: Performance of Distributive Trade Sector
Performance by Sub-Sector
Sales value of the Wholesale Trade sub-sector registered a 4.5 per cent growth to RM126.1 billion as compared to last year. Quarter-on-quarter, this sub-sector recorded an increase of 1.9 per cent.
The growth was contributed by Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco (8.7%), Wholesale of Household Goods (8.3%) and Non-specialised Wholesale Trade (6.4%).
Number of persons engaged rose by 2.7 per cent or 10,852 persons as compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014. On a quarterly basis, the number of persons engaged decreased by 0.3 per cent or 1,108 persons.
Retail Trade sub-sector recorded an increase in sales value of RM6.7 billion or 7.5 per cent as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. On a quarterly basis, sales value of this sub-sector increased by 3.5 per cent.
The increase was driven by Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (13.0%), Retail Sale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco in Specialised Stores (9.4%) and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores (9.1%).
Year-on-year, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.5 per cent or 24,168 persons. The number of persons engaged increased by 0.5 per cent or 4,475 persons in this quarter as compared to the preceding quarter.
In this quarter, sales value of Motor Vehicles sub-sector went up by 6.9 per cent to RM36.3 billion as compared with the same quarter of the preceding year. Quarter-on-quarter, sales value recorded an increase of 1.4 per cent.
The expansion was contributed by Sale of Motor Vehicles (9.6%), Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles (4.5%) and Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories (3.2%).
Number of persons engaged registered an increase of 2.6 per cent or 6,278 persons as compared to the same period of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged increased by 0.2 per cent or 574 persons.
Data for fourth quarter 2015
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
11 February 2016
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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