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Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade Rose 6.5% in April 2018

Release Date : Tuesday 12, June 2018 1200



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%).


Wholesale Trade

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.


Retail Trade 

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.


Motor Vehicles

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.


The details report are as shown in Bulletin of Wholesale & Retail Trade and Table.



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.

Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

12 June 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]dosm.gov.my