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Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded 6.8 per cent to 160.8 points in the fourth quarter 2017

Release Date : Friday 09, February 2018 1200


Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded  6.8 per cent to  160.8 points in fourth quarter 2017 as compared to the same  period  in  2016. The expansion was led by Retail Trade  sub-sector with  8.3 per cent and Wholesale Trade  7.1 per cent.

Seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade increased  1.5 per cent as against the third quarter 2017. The increase was propelled by the Motor Vehicles sub-sector with  3.2 per cent.


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

Volume Index
Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Volume Index of Wholesale & Retai Trade 160.8 6.8 160.7 1.5
Volume Index of Wholesale Trade
171.6 7.1 171.7 1.0
Volume Index of Retail Trade
163.9 8.3 162.6 0.9
Volume Index of Motor Vehicles
125.2 0.2 126.6 3.2


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

Volume Index of Wholesale Trade grew  7.1 per cent to  171.6 points in the fourth quarter 2017 as compared to fourth quarter 2016. The growth was supported by Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Material and Livestock (10.2%), Other Specialised Wholesale Trade (8.9%) and Wholesale of Machinery, Equipment and Supplies (8.0%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In fourth quarter 2017, the Retail Trade sub-sector registered a growth of  8.3 per cent to  163.9 points year-on-year. The growth was contributed by Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores (10.1%), Retail Sale of Cultural and Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores (9.6%) and Retail Sale of Information and Communication Equipment in Specialised Store ( 8.2%).


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Volume Index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories rose  0.2 per cent to  125.2 points in the fourth quarter 2017 as against the same quarter 2016. This increase was mainly attributed by the growth of Sale, Maintenance and Repair of Motorcycles and  Related Parts and Accessories ( 3.1%), Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories ( 2.9%), and Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles ( 2.1%).



Data for fourth quarter 2017 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the  publication first quarter 2018.


Released By:

9 February 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