The Distributive Trade sector increased to 5.0 per cent in third quarter 2015. This increase was propelled by Retail Trade sub-sector (6.1%), Wholesale Trade (4.6%) and Motor Vehicles (3.8%). On a quarterly basis, sales value showed an increase of 1.7 per cent from RM248.1 billion to RM252.4 billion.
Total number of persons engaged in this sector was 1.7 million persons with an increase of 2.9 per cent or 47,249 persons as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged rose by 0.7 per cent or 10,806 persons.
Table 1: Performance of Distributive Trade Sector
Performance by Sub-Sector
Sales value of the Wholesale Trade sub-sector registered a 4.6 per cent growth to RM123.8 billion as compared to last year. Quarter-on-quarter, this sub-sector recorded an increase of 1.6 per cent.
The growth was contributed by Wholesale of Household Goods (10.2%), Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco (7.9%) and Non-specialised Wholesale Trade (5.4%).
Number of persons engaged rose by 3.3 per cent or 13,164 persons as compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014. On a quarterly basis, the number of persons engaged increased by 0.8 per cent or 3,285 persons.
Retail Trade sub-sector recorded an increase of RM5.3 billion or 6.1 per cent as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. On a quarterly basis, sales value of this sub-sector increased by 2.4 per cent.
The increase was driven by Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (12.5%), Retail Sale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco in Specialised Stores (9.2%) and Retail Sale Via Stalls and Markets (7.6%).
Year-on-year, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.7 per cent or 26,227 persons. The number of persons engaged increased by 0.6 per cent or 5,508 persons in this quarter as compared to the preceding quarter.
In this quarter, sales value of Motor Vehicles sub-sector went up by 3.8 per cent to RM35.8 billion as compared with the same quarter of the preceding year. Quarter-on-quarter, sales value recorded an increase of 0.7 per cent.
The expansion was contributed by Sale of Motor Vehicles (4.6%), Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories (3.1%) and Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles (3.0%).
Number of persons engaged registered an increase of 3.3 per cent or 7,858 persons as compared to the same period of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged increased by 0.8 per cent or 2,013 persons.
Data for third quarter 2015
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
9 November 2015
Norrita binti Amran
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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