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Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew by 6.1 per cent in fourth quarter 2016

Release Date : Friday 10, February 2017 1200


The index of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded by 6.1 per cent during the fourth quarter 2016 as  compared to the same period in 2015. The growth was mainly supported by the Retail Trade and Wholesale Trade  sub-sectors which increased by  7.9 per cent and  7.0 per cent respectively. The Motor Vehicles sub-sector went down to  -1.9 per cent.


The seasonally adjusted Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade went up by  3.2 per cent as against the third quarter 2016. The increase was contributed by the Motor Vehicles  (4.6%), Retail Trade  (4.5%) and Wholesale Trade  (0.6%) sub-sectors.


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

Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Index of Distributive Trade 150.6 6.1 151.1 3.2
Index of Wholesale Trade
160.1 7.0 160.4 0.6
Index of Retail Trade
151.3 7.9 150.6 4.5
Index of Motor Vehicles
124.9 -1.9 127.8 4.6


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

The index of Wholesale Trade grew by  7.0 per cent in the fourth quarter 2016 over the fourth quarter 2015. The increase was driven by Other Specialised Wholesale  (13.5%), Wholesale of Machinery, Equipment and Supplies  (5.5%) and Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco  (4.9%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In fourth quarter 2016, the Retail Trade sub-sector registered an increase of  7.9 per cent year-on-year. The growth was supported by Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores  (14.5%), Retail Sale of Information and Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores  (10.3%) and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores  (9.2%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

The index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories dropped to  -1.9 per cent in the fourth quarter 2016 as against the same quarter 2015.  The decrease was due to the decline in Sale of Motor Vehicles  (-7.1%).



Data for fourth quarter 2016 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the  publication first quarter 2017.


Released By:

10 February 2017

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