SALES VALUE OF WHOLESALE & RETAIL TRADE RECORDED RM114.2 BILLION
IN AUGUST 2019
A total of RM114.2 billion was recorded by Sales of Wholesale and Retail Trade in August 2019, grew 5.8 per cent as compared to the same month a year ago. The growth was attributed to Wholesale Trade which increased RM3.2 billion (+6.3%) followed by Retail Trade with RM2.9 billion (+6.7%). Similarly, Motor Vehicles rose RM0.1 billion (+1.1%).
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade posted a growth of 6.1 per cent to reach 133.5 points as compared to the same month of the previous year. The key contributor for this growth was Retail Trade with 7.6 per cent. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it increased 1.4 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 6.7 per cent. Within the same period, Wholesale Trade expanded 6.3 per cent. Likewise, Motor Vehicles were up 1.1 per cent.
The growth of 6.1 per cent in the volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade was lifted by Retail Trade (7.6%) and followed by Wholesale Trade (5.9%). Motor Vehicles climbed up to 1.5 per cent within the same period.
Wholesale Trade gained sales value of RM54.1 billion in August 2019, increased RM3.2 billion (6.3%) as against the corresponding month of the previous year. The expansion was supported by Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Materials & Live Animals (8.7%), Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco (6.9%) and Other Specialised Wholesale (6.8%). For monthly comparison, sales of this sub-sector jumped to 3.3 per cent from a negative growh of 2.3 per cent in July 2019.
Volume index of Wholesale Trade expanded 5.9 per cent to 132.5 points in August 2019 as compared to the same month of the preceding year. Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Materials & Live Animals recorded the highest growth of 9.4 per cent. This was followed by Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco (7.3%) and Other Specialised Wholesale (7.1%). Seasonally adjusted volume index of this sub-sector rose 1.5 per cent as against a month ago.
Sales of Retail Trade registered an annual growth of 6.7 per cent as compared to August 2018. The expansion was driven by Retail Sale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco in Specialised Stores (9.0%), Retail Sale Via Stalls & Markets (8.4%) and Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores (8.2%).
In terms of volume index, Retail Trade rose 7.6 per cent to 142.6 points in August 2019. Retail Sale in Non-Specialised Stores posted a growth of 9.3 per cent. This was followed by Retail Sale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores which registered 8.4 per cent respectively. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it edged up 0.6 per cent as against July 2019.
Sales value of Motor Vehicles rose marginally to 1.1 per cent as against the corresponding period of the previous year. This was due to the drop in Sales of Motor Vehicles of 0.9 per cent. Compared to a month ago, sales value contracted 0.1 per cent.
As for volume index, it increased 1.5 per cent to 111.4 points compared to a year ago. The marginal increment was off set by Sales of Motor Vehicles which declined to 1.0 per cent in August 2019. For monthly comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index decreased 1.5 per cent.
Data for August 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the performance of September 2019.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
11 October 2019
Rohaida binti Mohamad
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
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Email : rohaida.mohamad[at]dosm.gov.my