SALES OF WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE SUB-SECTOR AMOUNTED TO RM106 BILLION,
STRENGTHENED AT 8.6 PER CENT
In the month of November 2018, sales of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew 8.6 per cent as compared to November 2017. The increase was attributed by Retail Trade which continued its double-digit growth at 12.6 per cent.
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose 8.4 per cent to 172.2 points as against the same month a year ago. The increase was largely supported by Retail Trade (12.3%). Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted volume index increased 0.7 per cent over the preceding month.
For annual comparison, sales of Wholesale Trade registered a growth of 6.9 per cent to RM51.0 billion. The increase was supported by Other Specialised Wholesale, Non-Specialised Wholesale Trade and Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco which grew 10.2 per cent, 7.9 per cent and 7.6 per cent respectively. However, sales of this sub-sector contracted 1.6 per cent on a monthly basis.
Volume index of Wholesale Trade grew 6.2 per cent to 178.8 points in November 2018 as compared to the same month of the preceding year.
For the reference month, sales of Retail Trade sustained its double-digit growth to record 12.6 per cent as compared to the same period of the previous year. The expansion was propelled by Retail Sale in Non-Specialised Stores and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores.
In terms of volume index, Retail Trade also recorded a double-digit growth of 12.3 per cent to 182.0 points in November 2018. As for seasonally adjusted index, it increased 1.7 per cent.
For this month, sales value of Motor Vehicles amounted to RM12.3 billion or an increase of 2.1 per cent as against November 2017. Month-on-month, sales value registered positive growth of 1.3 per cent.
Volume index of Motor Vehicles grew at a pace of 2.9 per cent to 129.6 points compared to a year ago. For month-on-month comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index of this sub-sector rose 1.2 per cent.
Data for November 2018 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of December 2018.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
11 January 2019
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