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Business Tendency Statistics Fourth Quarter 2021

Release Date : Friday 26, November 2021 1200



Businesses gain confidence towards fourth quarter 2021 with confidence indicator of -0.3 per cent as against -21.3 per cent in the previous quarter. The sentiment improves following the ease on economic restrictions in the midst of October 2021.

The survey showed that, all sectors expect better business prospects with Industry and Wholesale & Retail Trade sectors rebound to positive trajectory. Industry sector predicts positive outlook at +3.6 per cent in the reference quarter as against -11.0 per cent in the last quarter. Confidence indicator for the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector also rose in the fourth quarter of 2021 to +3.3 per cent from -39.4 per cent.

Meanwhile, Services and Construction sectors anticipate an improved business performance, albeit at negative trajectory. The confidence indicator for Services sector stood at better negative with -1.3 per cent against -22.8 per cent in the preceding quarter. While, the Construction sector recorded a smaller negative with confidence indicator of -40.4 per cent compared to -45.0 per cent in the last quarter.


Exhibit I: Quarterly Confidence Indicator by Sector, Malaysia, 2019-2021



Expectations of Gross Revenue and Number of Employees                 

Out of all respondents across sectors, 48.2 per cent of the respondents predict their gross revenue to surge, while 14.6 per cent of the respondents anticipate their gross revenue to decline. The difference has led to a net balance of +33.5 per cent. Concurrently, 37.2 per cent of the respondents expect their gross revenue remain unchanged.

Looking at the employment trend, a net balance of +5.1 per cent registered for fourth quarter 2021, escalated from -6.5 per cent in the previous quarter. The net balance is driven by 15.9 per cent of the establishments plan to hire more workers, while 10.9 per cent of the establishments foresee reduction of their workers.


Exhibit II: Expected of Net Balance Gross Revenue and Number of Employees, 2019-2021



Referring to business outlook for six months ahead, the confidence in Industry, Wholesale & Retail Trade and Services sectors boost the overall net balance to record +24.1 per cent for the period of October 2021 until March 2022 as compared to -21.7 per cent recorded previously. Industry sector predicts strong business conditions with a net balance of +24.5 per cent for the same period as against -11.8 per cent recorded for the period of July to December 2021. Notably, Wholesale & Retail Trade sector is optimistic towards their business situation for the forthcoming six months with a surge of net balance at +35.1 per cent from -59.7 per cent recorded previously. In particular, Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade subsectors rebound to positive trajectory. Simultaneously, Services sector anticipate positive business insights with +24.3 per cent for the next six months as against -14.2 per cent. It is mainly reflected by all subsectors of the Services sector which registered positive net balance except for Real Estate and Information and Communication Technology subsectors.

In contrast, the Construction sector remains in the pessimist zone with a better net balance of -18.4 per cent.


Exhibit III: Net Balance of Business Performance Expectation for Upcoming Six Month by Sector, Malaysia, 2018-2021



The full publication of the Business Tendency Statistics Fourth Quarter 2021 can be downloaded through   eStatistik portal.


Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin    Dr_Uzir

26 November 2021



Contact person:

Mohd Yusrizal Ab Razak 
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : yusrizal.razak[at]dosm.gov.my

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