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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

Wholesale & Retail Trade, September 2019

Release Date : Tuesday 12, November 2019 1200




A total of RM110.6 billion was recorded by Sales of Wholesale and Retail Trade in September 2019, grew  5.6 per cent as compared to the same month a year ago. The growth was attributed to Retail Trade which increased RM3.0 billion (+7.2%) followed by Wholesale Trade with RM2.5 billion (+4.7%). Similarly, Motor Vehicles rose  RM0.5 billion (+4.4%).

Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade posted a growth of  6.0 per cent to reach  130.0 points as compared to the same month of the previous year. The key contributor for this growth was Retail Trade with  7.4 per cent. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it decreased  3.6 per cent as against a month ago.

For performance across sub-sector, Retail Trade sub-sector led the other sub-sectors with year on year growth of  7.2 per cent. Within the same period,  Wholesale Trade expanded  4.7 per cent. Likewise, Motor Vehicles were up  4.4 per cent.

The growth of  6.0 per cent in the volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade was lifted by Retail Trade (7.4%) and followed by Wholesale Trade (5.0%). Motor Vehicles advanced to  4.5 per cent within the same period. 

Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade gained sales value of RM54.8 billion in September 2019, increased RM2.4 billion (4.7%) as against the corresponding month of the previous year. The expansion was supported by Wholesale of Household Goods (6.3%),  Wholesale  of  Food,  Beverages  &  Tobacco  (5.8%)  and  Other  Specialised  Wholesale  (5.1%).  For  monthly  comparison,  sales  of  this  sub-sector edged up 1.6 per cent from August 2019.

Volume index of Wholesale Trade expanded 5.0 per cent to 136.0 points in September 2019 as compared to the same month of the preceding year. Wholesale of Household Goods recorded the highest growth of  6.9 per cent. This was followed by Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco (6.0%)  and Other Specialised  Wholesale  (5.6%).  Seasonally  adjusted  volume  index  of  this  sub-sector rose  0.7 per cent as against a month ago.

Retail Trade 

Sales of Retail Trade registered an annual growth of  7.2 per cent as compared to September 2018. The expansion was fueled by Retail Sale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco In Specialised Stores (8.6%), Retail Sale of Other Goods In Specialised Stores (8.5%) and Retail Sale In Non-Spesialised Stores (8.4%).

Retail Trade rose  7.4 per cent to  134.8 points in September 2019. Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores posted a growth of  9.0 per cent. This was followed by Retail Sale of Information & Communication Equipment in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores which registered   8.5 per cent and   8.2 per cent  respectively.  As  for seasonally adjusted volume index, it contracted  4.9 per cent as against August 2019.

Motor Vehicles

Sales value of Motor Vehicles rose to  4.4 per cent as against the corresponding period of the previous year. The increment was supported by Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles with  5.8 per cent and Sales of  Motor  Vehicles  with  4.7 per cent. Compared to a month ago, sales value dipped sharply to  14.4 per cent.

As for volume index, it increased  4.5 per cent to  97.5 points compared to a year ago. The rise was propelled by Sales of Motor Vehicles with  5.4 per cent in September 2019. For monthly comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index declined  8.8 per cent.

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



Data for September 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the performance of October 2019.


Released by:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

12 November 2019

Contact person:

Rohaida binti Mohamad 
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : rohaida.mohamad[at]dosm.gov.my

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