The performance of the Distributive Trade sector increased to 4.3 per cent in first quarter 2016. This increase was propelled by Retail Trade sub-sector (7.9%), Wholesale Trade (4.4%) while Motor Vehicles dropped to –5.5 per cent. On a quarterly basis, sales value showed an increase of 0.3 per cent from RM258.4 billion to RM259.3 billion.
Total number of persons engaged in this sector was 1.7 million persons with an increase of 2.5 per cent or 41,199 persons as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged rose by 1.5 per cent or 24,768 persons.
Table 1: Performance of Distributive Trade Sector
Performance by Sub-Sector
Sales value of the Wholesale Trade sub-sector registered a 4.4 per cent growth to RM126.7 billion as compared to last year. Quarter-on-quarter, this sub-sector recorded an increase of 0.4 per cent.
The growth was contributed by Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco (7.9%), Wholesale of Household Goods (7.2%) and Non-specialised Wholesale Trade (4.6%).
Number of persons engaged rose by 2.7 per cent or 11,135 persons as compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015. On a quarterly basis, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.3 per cent or 9,659 persons.
Retail Trade sub-sector recorded an increase in sales value of RM7.3 billion or 7.9 per cent as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. On a quarterly basis, sales value of this sub-sector increased by 3.8 per cent.
The increase was driven by Retail Sale via Stalls and Markets (10.8%), Retail Sale of Cultural and Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores (9.8%) and Retail Sale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco in Specialised Stores (8.9%).
Year-on-year, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.4 per cent or 23,647 persons. The number of persons engaged increased by 0.9 per cent or 9,411 persons in this quarter as compared to the preceding quarter.
In this quarter, sales value of Motor Vehicles sub-sector went down to -5.5 per cent or RM33.1 billion as compared with the same quarter of the preceding year. Quarter-on-quarter, sales value recorded a decrease to -9.0 per cent.
The weakening of sales was contributed by Sale of Motor Vehicles (-9.0%), Sale, Maintenance and Repair of Motorcycles and Related Parts and Accessories (-3.9%) and Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories (0.1%).
Number of persons engaged registered an increase of 2.6 per cent or 6,418 persons as compared to the same period of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.3 per cent or 5,699 persons.
Data for first quarter 2016
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
12 May 2016
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my