SALES VALUE OF WHOLESALE & RETAIL TRADE RECORDED RM105.1 BILLION
IN APRIL 2019
Sales of Wholesale & Retail Trade in April 2019 amounted to RM105.1 billion, grew 5.3 per cent as compared to the same month a year ago. Wholesale Trade recorded RM51.2 billion, followed by Retail Trade (RM41.6 billion) and Motor Vehicles (RM12.3 billion). However, on monthly comparison, sales value of Wholesale & Retail Trade decreased 4.0 per cent after registering an increase of 5.8 per cent in March 2019.
Volume index for Wholesale & Retail Trade rose 4.9 per cent to 167.5 points as compared to the same month of the previous year. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it increased 1.2 per cent as against a month ago. This growth was driven by Motor Vehicles with 6.7 per cent.
For performance across sub-sector, Retail Trade sub-sector remained as the main driver with year-on-year growth of 6.3 per cent. Within the same period, Wholesale Trade rose 5.3 per cent, while Motor Vehicles increased 2.2 per cent. Compared to the previous month, sales value for all sub-sectors recorded negative growth.
The growth of 4.9 per cent in the volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade was propelled by Retail Trade which expanded 6.9 per cent. Motor Vehicles and Wholesale Trade also posted an increase of 3.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.
Wholesale Trade generated a sales value of RM51.2 billion in April 2019, increased 5.3 per cent as against the corresponding month of the previous year. The expansion was supported by Other Specialised Wholesale which grew 6.6 per cent. The next contributors were Wholesale on a Fee or Contract Basis and Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco with 5.6 per cent growth respectively. For monthly comparison, sales of this sub-sector contracted 3.8 per cent.
Volume index of Wholesale Trade rose 3.3 per cent to 177.0 points in April 2019 as compared to the same month of the preceding year. Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco surpassed other wholesale industries with 7.8 per cent growth. This was followed by Wholesale of Household Goods (6.3%) and Non-Specialised Wholesale Trade (5.8%). Seasonally adjusted volume index of this sub-sector increased 0.7 per cent as against a month ago.
Sales of Retail Trade registered annual growth of 6.3 per cent as compared to April 2018. The expansion was spurred by Retail Sale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco in Specialised Stores (8.8%), Retail Sale via Stalls & Markets (8.2%), and Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores (7.2%).
In terms of volume index, Retail Trade rose 6.9 per cent to 174.0 points in April 2019. Retail Sale of Information & Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale via Stalls & Markets posted a double-digit growth of 11.7 per cent and 10.3 per cent respectively. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it edged up 0.2 per cent as against March 2019.
Sales value of Motor Vehicles increased 2.2 per cent as against the corresponding month of the previous year. This was attributed by Sales, Maintenance & Repair of Motorcycles (4.3%), Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles (4.1%) and Sale of Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories (3.8%).
As for volume index, it expanded 3.5 per cent to 126.0 points compared to a year ago. Sale of Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories and Sales, Maintenance & Repair of Motorcycles contributed the most with 6.7 per cent and 5.7 per cent of each. For monthly comparison, the seasonally adjusted volume index recorded a growth of 6.7 per cent.
Data for April 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of May 2019.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
11 June 2019
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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