SALES VALUE OF WHOLESALE & RETAIL TRADE RECORDED RM103.5 BILLION
IN FEBRUARY 2019
In the second month of 2019, sales of Wholesale & Retail Trade expanded 6.5 per cent compared to February 2018. Retail Trade sub-sector continued to be the main driver with 8.5 per cent year-on-year growth.
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose 6.4 per cent to 167.8 points as against the same month a year ago. The increase was mainly attributed by Retail Trade (9.3%). Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted volume index decreased 0.9 per cent over the preceding month.
Wholesale Trade generated sales of RM50.2 billion in February 2019, an increase of 5.8 per cent as compared to the same month a year ago. The increase was supported by Other Specialised Wholesale, Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco and Wholesale of Household Goods which grew 6.9 per cent, 6.1 per cent and 6.0 per cent respectively. On monthly basis, sales of this sub-sector decreased 5.1 per cent. Volume index of Wholesale Trade rose 4.2 per cent to 172.6 points in February 2019 as compared to the same month of the preceding year.
Sales of Retail Trade recorded 8.5 per cent as compared to the same period of the previous year. The expansion was propelled by Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores (10.2%), Retail Sale in Non-Specialised Stores (9.4%) and Retail Sale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco in Specialised Stores (8.9%). In terms of volume index, Retail Trade also recorded of 9.3 per cent growth to 180.6 points in February 2019. As for seasonally adjusted index, it registered a negative growth of 1.5 per cent.
Sales value of Motor Vehicles grew to 2.4 per cent compared to February 2018. However, month-on-month, sales value contracted 11.6 per cent. Volume index of Motor Vehicles increased 3.8 per cent to 121.8 points compared to a year ago. For month-on-month comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index of this sub-sector decreased 1.0 per cent.
Data for February 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of March 2019.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
11 April 2019
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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