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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS MALAYSIA
13 December 2018
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