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2017, gross output in Real Estate Services sector was RM32.8 bil.
2017, number of workers in Accommodation sector was 139,410 persons
Total revenue for wholesale and retail trade sector was RM1,321.7 billion in 2018

Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew by 6.2 per cent in first quarter 2017

Release Date : Thursday 11, May 2017 1200


The index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose  6.2 per cent to  153.1 points during the first quarter 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. The growth was spurred by the increase in the Retail Trade  (7.8%) subsector.

The seasonally adjusted index of Wholesale & Retail Trade edged up  1.0 per cent as against the fourth quarter 2016. The increase was mainly contributed by the Retail Trade  subsector of   2.2 per cent.


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

Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Index of Wholesale & Retai Trade 153.1 6.2 152.1 1.0
Index of Wholesale Trade
160.2 5.4 160.5 0.1
Index of Retail Trade
157.4 7.8 153.6 2.2
Index of Motor Vehicles
124.0 3.4 125.8 -0.5


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

The index of Wholesale Trade went up  5.4 per cent to 160.2 points in the first quarter 2017 over the first quarter 2016. The increase was supported by Other Specialised Wholesale  (9.0%) and Wholesale of Machinery, Equipment and Supplies  (6.3%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In first quarter 2017, the Retail Trade sub-sector registered an increase of  7.8 per cent to  157.4 points year-on-year. The growth was driven by Retail Sale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco in Specialised Stores  (10.4%), Retail Sale Via Stalls and Markets (9.9%) and Retail Sale of Information and Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores  (8.9%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

The index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories posted a positive growth of  3.4 per cent to 124.0 points in the first quarter 2017 as against the same quarter 2016. This increase was led by Sale of Motor Vehicles and Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles which registered the same growth of  3.4 per cent.



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


Released By:

11 May 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