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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, August 2019

Release Date : Friday 11, October 2019 1200




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

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.

Retail Trade 

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.

Motor Vehicles

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.

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



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.


Released by:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

11 October 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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