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2015, gross output in Real Estate Services sector was RM28.1 bil.
2015, number of workers in Accommodation sector was 130,765 persons
2014, Distributive Trade recorded sales value of RM951.3b

Index of Distributive Trade increased by 6.6 per cent in third quarter 2016

Release Date : Thursday 10, November 2016 1200


The index of Wholesale & Retail Trade posted an increase of   6.6 per cent in the third quarter  2016 as compared to the same period  in  2015.  The  growth was  primarily  driven  by  the  Wholesale  Trade and Retail Trade sub-sectors which increased by 9.1 per cent and  7.7 per cent respectively. The Motor Vehicles sub-sector dropped to  -2.9 per cent.


The seasonally adjusted Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose by  1.2 per cent as against the second quarter 2016. The increase was contributed by the Wholesale Trade  (2.5%), Retail Trade  (0.8%) and Motor Vehicles  (0.4%) sub-sectors.


Table 1: Performance of Wholesale & Retail Trade Index by Sub-sector

Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Index of Distributive Trade 147.1 6.6 146.5 1.2
Index of Wholesale Trade
159.3 9.1 159.5 2.5
Index of Retail Trade
144.0 7.7 144.2 0.8
Index of Motor Vehicles
124.5 -2.9 122.2 0.4


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

The index of Wholesale Trade increased by  9.1 per cent in the third quarter 2016 over the third quarter 2015. The increase was   impelled   by  Other  Specialised   Wholesale   (17.6%),   Wholesale   of   Machinery,   Equipment  and  Supplies  (8.2%) and  Non-specialised Wholesale Trade  (6.3%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In the third quarter 2016, the Retail Trade sub-sector recorded a growth of   7.7 per cent year-on-year. The growth was bolstered by Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores  (17.9%), Retail Trade Not in Stores, Stalls or Markets  (9.5%) and Retail Sale of Information and Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores   (9.3%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

The index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories slumped to   -2.9 per cent in the third quarter 2016 as against the same quarter 2015. The decrease was due to the decline in Sale of Motor Vehicles  (-7.4%) and Sale, Maintenance and Repair of Motorcycles and Related Parts and Accessories   (-2.5%).



Data for third quarter 2016 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the  publication third quarter 2016.


Released By:

10 November 2016

Contact person:

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