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Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded 7.6 per cent to 155.6 points in the second quarter 2017

Release Date : Thursday 10, August 2017 1200


Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded  7.6 per cent to  155.6 points in second quarter 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. The growth was driven by Retail Trade subsector  (11.5%).

Seasonally adjusted index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose  2.7 per cent as against the first quarter 2017. The increase was contributed by the Retail Trade  (4.5%) and Wholesale Trade  (2.8%) sub-sectors.


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

Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Index of Wholesale & Retai Trade 155.6 7.6 156.2 2.7
Index of Wholesale Trade
165.9 5.9 165.0 2.8
Index of Retail Trade
157.5 11.5 160.5 4.5
Index of Motor Vehicles
124.7 0.8 123.6 -1.7


Performance of Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

Index of Wholesale Trade registered an increase of  5.9 per cent to  165.9 points in the second quarter 2017 as compared to second quarter 2016. The increase was driven primarily by Other Specialised Wholesale  (7.5%), Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Materials and Livestock  (7.3%) and Wholesale of Machinery, Equipment and Supplies  (6.2%).


Performance of Retail Trade Sub-sector

In second quarter 2017, the Retail Trade sub-sector surged  11.5 per cent to  157.5 points year-on-year. The growth was spurred by Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores  (13.5%), Retail Sale of Non-specialized Stores  (12.7%) and Retail Sale of Information and Communication Equipment in Specialised Stores  (12.5%)


Performance of Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Index of Motor Vehicles which includes Parts and Accessories grew   0.8 per cent to  124.7 points in the second quarter 2017 as against the same quarter 2016. This increase was mainly contributed by the growth in Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories  (3.6%) and Maintenance and Repair of  Motor Vehicles  (3.3%).



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


Released By:

10 August 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