Sales value of Wholesale & Retail Trade stood at RM92.8 billion in April 2017, registering 9.6 per cent growth as compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The sales value consists of Wholesale Trade ( RM45.2 billion), Retail Trade (RM36.3 billion) and Motor Vehicles (RM11.4 billion) businesses. The positive growth was contributed by Retail Trade (12.9%).
The volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose 7.3 per cent to 150.2 points in April 2017 as compared to April 2016. The growth was supported by the increase in Retail Trade ( 10.0%). The seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade decreased 0.9 per cent as compared to the preceding month.
Wholesale Trade Business
Sales value of Wholesale Trade business registered 8.6 per cent growth to RM45.2 billion as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. However month-on-month, sales value of this business decreased 3.8 per cent.
The volume index of Wholesale Trade grew 6.1 per cent to 160.5 points in April 2017 as compared to April 2016. Month-on-month, the volume index of Wholesale Trade (seasonally adjusted) decreased 0.7 per cent as against the previous month.
Retail Trade Business
Retail Trade business recorded an increase in sales value to RM36.3 billion or 12.9 per cent as compared to last year. Month-on-month, this business went down 3.6 per cent.
The volume index of Retail Trade rose 10.0 per cent to 153.3 points in April 2017 as compared to the same month a year earlier. Compared to March 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume index of Retail Trade went up 0.2 per cent.
Motor Vehicles Business
In this month, sales value of Motor Vehicles business increased 4.0 per cent to RM11.4 billion as compared to the same month of the preceding year. However, sales value of Motor Vehicles business decreased 11.8 per cent as compared to the previous month.
Year-on-year, the volume index of Motor Vehicles increased 2.5 per cent to 115.4 points in April 2017. The seasonally adjusted volume index of Motor Vehicles went down 8.5 per cent in April 2017 as against March 2017.
Data for April 2017 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the bulletin of May 2017.
DR MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
13 June 2017
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my