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Sales of Retail Trade Sub-sector Continued to Register Double-digit Momentum for Five Consecutive Months

Release Date : Thursday 13, December 2018 1200



In the month of  October 2018, sales of Wholesale & Retail Trade recorded a growth of  8.2 per cent. The increase was attributed by Retail Trade which continued its double-digit growth at  11.2 per cent.

Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade rose  8.0 per cent to  173.6 points in October  2018  as  compared  to  the  same month a year ago. The increase was largely supported by Retail Trade (10.9%). Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted volume index increased  2.1 per cent over the preceding month.

Wholesale Trade

Sales of Wholesale Trade registered a growth of  7.2 per cent to RM51.9 billion as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.  The  increase  was   supported   by   Wholesale   of   Household   Goods,   Other    Specialised   Wholesale   and  Non-Specialised  Wholesale  which   grew  10.5 per cent,  9.2 per cent  and  8.9 per cent  respectively.  However,  sales  of  this  sub-sector contracted  0.9 per cent on a monthly basis.

Volume Index of Wholesale Trade grew  6.5 per cent to  187.0 points in October 2018 as compared to the same month of the preceding year.  

Retail Trade 

For the reference month, sales of Retail Trade sustained its double-digit growth to record  11.2 per cent as compared  to  the same period of the previous year. The expansion  was  propelled  by  Retail Sale in Non-Specialised Stores, Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores, Retail Sales of Food, Beverages & Tobacco in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores.

Volume Index of Retail Trade recorded a double-digit growth of  10.9 per cent to  177.7 points in October 2018. As for seasonally adjusted index, it increased  2.9 per cent.

Motor Vehicles

For  this month, sales value of Motor Vehicles amounted to RM12.1 billion or an increase  of   2.9  per  cent  as  compared  to  October  2017.  Month-on-month, sales value registered positive growth of  8.7 per cent.

Volume Index of Motor Vehicles grew at a pace of  3.4 per cent to 127.6 points compared to a year ago. For month-on-month comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index of this sub-sector increased  8.9 per cent.

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


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

Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

13 December 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