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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 rose by 8.8 per cent in first quarter 2015

Release Date : Tuesday 12, May 2015 1200

The index of Distributive Trade in the first quarter of 2015 expanded by 8.8  per cent year-on-year, compared to 8.0 per cent registered in the previous quarter.  The growth was supported mainly by Retail Trade (10.7%), Wholesale Trade (7.9%) and Motor Vehicles (7.0%).

The seasonally adjusted index of Distributive Trade grew by 2.6 per cent as against the previous quarter.  The increase was recorded in Retail Trade (3.2%), Wholesale Trade (2.8%) and Motor Vehicles (0.9%) sub-sectors.


Table 1: Performance of Distributive Trade Index by Sub-sector

Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Index of Distributive Trade 137.0 8.8 137.5 2.6
Index of Wholesale Trade
140.2 7.9 141.2 2.8
Index of Retail Trade
138.5 10.7 138.6 3.2
Index of Motor Vehicles
126.3 7.0 126.5 0.9


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

The index of Wholesale Trade  increased by 7.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 as compared with the first quarter of 2014. The growth was contributed by Other Specialised Wholesale (11.8%), Non-specialised Wholesale Trade (10.1%) and Wholesale on a Fee or Contract Basis (9.0%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In the first quarter of 2015, the Retail Trade sub-sector accelerated by 10.7 per cent year-on-year. The increase was supported by Retail Sale in Non-specialised Stores (15.5%), Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (15.1%) and Retail Sale of Information and Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores (12.5%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Year-on-year, the index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories rose by 7.0 per cent. The Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories posted an increase of 9.6 per cent, Sale of Motor Vehicles, 7.3 per cent and Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles, 7.1 per cent which propelled the performance of Motor Vehicles sub-sector.



Data for first quarter 2015 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the publication second quarter 2015.


Released By:

12 May 2015

Contact person:

Norrita binti Amran
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : [email protected]