Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose 6.5 per cent to 159.9 points in April 2018 as compared to April 2017. The growth was supported by the increase in Wholesale Trade (6.9%). Within the same period, seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade increased by 1.3 per cent as compared to the preceding month.
Sales value of Wholesale & Retail Trade stood at RM99.9 billion, increased 7.7 per cent in April 2018 as compared to the corresponding period in 2017. The sales value consists of Wholesale Trade (RM48.6 billion), Retail Trade (RM39.2 billion) and Motor Vehicles (RM12.1 billion). This positive growth was contributed by Retail Trade (8.0%) and Wholesale Trade (7.7%).
Volume index of Wholesale Trade grew 6.9 per cent to 171.5 points in April 2018 as compared to April 2017. Month-on-month basis, this volume index (seasonally adjusted) recorded positive growth 0.3 per cent as against the previous month.
Sales value of Wholesale Trade registered 7.7 per cent growth to RM48.6 billion as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. Month-on-month basis, this business registered negative growth 4.0 per cent.
Volume index of Retail Trade rose 6.2 per cent to 162.9 points in April 2018 as compared to the same month of previous year. Compared to March 2018, seasonally adjusted volume index of Retail Trade increased by 0.7 per cent.
Retail Trade recorded an increase in sales value to RM39.2 billion or 8.0 per cent as compared to a year ago. Month-on-month, sales value of this business registered negative growth of 4.1 per cent.
Year-on-year, volume index of Motor Vehicles recorded positive growth of 5.8 per cent to 122.2 points in April 2018. For month-on-month comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index of this business increased 6.5 per cent as against March 2018.
For this month, sales value of Motor Vehicles recorded positive growth of 6.6 per cent to RM12.1 billion as compared to the same month of the preceding year. Compared to March 2018, sales value registered negative growth of 1.5 per cent.
Data for April 2018 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of March 2018.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
12 June 2018
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]dosm.gov.my