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Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade Rose 5.4% in March 2018

Release Date : Thursday 10, May 2018 1200



Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose  5.4 per cent to 168.3 points in March 2018 as compared to March 2017. The growth was supported by the increase in Wholesale Trade (7.0%) and  Retail Trade (6.4%). Seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade decreased by 0.2 per cent as compared to the preceding month.

Sales value of Wholesale & Retail Trade stood at RM103.8 billion, increased 6.5 per cent in March 2018 as compared to the corresponding period in 2017. The sales value consists of Wholesale Trade (RM50.7 billion), Retail Trade (RM40.8 billion) and Motor Vehicles (RM12.3 billion) businesses. The positive growth was contributed by Retail Trade (8.6%) and Wholesale Trade    (8.0%) businesses.


Wholesale Trade Business

Volume   index   of   Wholesale   Trade   grew    7.0    per    cent    to    178.6    points    in    March   2018    as    compared   to   March   2017.  Month-on-month  basis, this volume index (seasonally adjusted) recorded positive growth 0.9 per cent as against the previous month.

Sales   value   of   Wholesale   Trade   business   registered   8.0   per   cent   growth   to   RM50.7   billion   as  compared  to  the  corresponding  month  of  the  previous  year. Month-on-month basis, this business registered positive growth  6.8 per cent.


Retail Trade Business

Volume index of Retail Trade rose 6.4 per cent to 173.6 points in March 2018 as compared to the same month of previous year. Compared to February 2018, seasonally adjusted volume index of Retail Trade increased by 0.5 per cent.

Retail  Trade  business  recorded  an  increase  in  sales  value  to  RM40.8  billion  or  8.6  per  cent  as  compared  to  a  year  ago.  Month-on-month,  sales value of this business registered positive growth of 4.1 per cent.


Motor Vehicles Business

Year-on-year, volume index of Motor Vehicles recorded negative growth 3.7 per cent to  127.7 points in March 2018. Seasonally adjusted volume index of Motor Vehicles decreased 5.0 per cent in March 2018 as against February 2018.

For this month, sales value of Motor Vehicles business recorded negative growth of  4.6 per cent to RM12.3 billion as compared to the same month of the preceding year. Sales value of Motor Vehicles business registered positive growth of 16.4 per cent as compared to the previous month.


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



Data for March 2018 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of April 2018.

Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

10 May 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