FORECAST OF BUSINESS PERFORMANCE FOR THE FIRST QUARTER 2018
The business performance in the first quarter of 2018 is expected to increase with confidence indicator +12.3 per cent contributed by industry (+11.9%), construction (+1.1%) and services (+20.6%).
FORECAST OF GROSS REVENUE AND NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
The gross revenue in the first quarter of 2018 is expected to increase with a net balance of +18.1 per cent which 30.4 per cent of establishments expected an increase while 12.3 per cent of establishments foresee a decrease.
In terms of number of employees, 25.2 per cent of establishments predict an increase while, 13.2 per cent of establishments predict a decrease in the first quarter of 2018 which led to a net balance of +12.0 per cent.
CURRENT SITUATION OF BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER 2017
The current situation of business performance in the fourth quarter 2017 still positive with an overall net balance +10.6 per cent. The increase was contributed by industry (+7.1%), construction (+2.2%), wholesale & retail trade (+2.2%) and services (+22.5%).
GROSS REVENUE AND NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
The gross revenue for fourth quarter of 2017 increased with a net balance of +22.1 per cent whereby 34.3 per cent establishments reported an increase while, 12.2 per cent of establishments reported a decline.
In terms of number of employees, 25.6 per cent of establishments indicated an increase in employment while, 14.8 per cent of establishments reported a decrease. Overall, a net balance of +10.8 per cent for the number of employees were recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to +18.0 per cent in the previous quarter.
EXPECTATIONS OF BUSINESS PERFORMANCE JANUARY-JUNE 2018
The business performance in January to June 2018 is expected to increase with a net balance of +17.1 per cent. All sectors namely industry, construction, wholesale & retail trade and services are expected to increase with the net balance of +15.4 per cent, +17.4 per cent, +7.5 per cent and +25.0 per cent respectively.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
28 February 2018
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