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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

Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew 6.5 per cent to 163.1 points in first quarter 2018

Release Date : Thursday 10, May 2018 1200


Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew  6.5 per cent to  163.1 points in first quarter 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017.  The  growth  was supported  mainly  by  expansions  in   Wholesale  Trade  and  Retail  Trade  sub-sectors,  with   7.6 per cent and  7.5 per cent respectively.

Seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade increased  1.1 per cent as against the fourth quarter 2017. The increase was propelled by the Retail Trade sub-sector with  1.7 per cent.


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

Volume Index
Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
            Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade 163.1 6.5 162.1 1.1
 Volume Index of Wholesale Trade
172.3 7.6 173.2 0.9
 Volume Index of Retail Trade
169.3 7.5 165.2 1.7
 Volume Index of Motor Vehicles
123.2 -0.7 124.9 -0.1


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

Volume index of Wholesale Trade expanded 7.6 per cent to  172.3 points in the first quarter 2018 as compared to first quarter 2017. The growth was primarily driven by Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Materials & Livestock (11.9%), Other Specialised Wholesale (8.1%) and Wholesale of Machinery, Equipment & Supplies (7.9%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In first quarter 2018, the Retail Trade sub-sector posted an increase of  7.5 per cent to  169.3 points year-on-year. The growth was backed by Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (10.6%), Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores (10.5%) and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores (8.0%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Volume Index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories dropped to  0.7 per cent to  123.2 points in the first quarter 2018 as against the same quarter 2017. The decrease was contributed by Sale of Motor Vehicles (-2.7%) and Sale, Maintenance & Repair of Motorcycles & Related Parts & Accessories (-0.9%).



Data for first quarter 2018 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the publication second quarter 2018.


Released By:

10 May 2018

Contact person:

Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my