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Total revenue for wholesale and retail trade sector was RM1,321.7 billion in 2018

Sales value of goods and services for distributive trade sector in 2013 grew by 6.6% compared to 2008

Release Date : Thursday 30, April 2015 12:00 pm
Last Updated : Thursday 30, June 2016 09:00 am

Department of Statistics, Malaysia has conducted Census of Distributive Trade in 2014 for reference year 2013. Since 2003, the census has been conducted every 5 years. The census covered all registered establishments engaged in the wholesale trade, retail trade and motor vehicle activities. The report contains comprehensive information on the growth, structure and economic profile; and will be used by the Government among others as input for policy formulation in Malaysia Plan and Economic Transformation Plan.

In year 2013, there were a total of 370,725 establishments undertaking business activities in Malaysia and 260,664 or 70.3% of business establishments were in the retail trade sub-sector. Meanwhile, 15.4% or 57,050 establishments were engaged in wholesale trade activity and motor vehicles activity 14.3% or 53,011 establishments.

370,725 establishments operating in Malaysia generated sales value of goods and services of RM841.6 billion.

From the total sales value of goods and services, wholesale trade sub-sector contributed 52.5% or RM442.2 billion, followed by the retail trade sub-sector, 33.2% or RM279.1 billion and motor vehicles sub-sector, 14.3% or RM120.4 billion.

In 2013, there were 1.7 million employees in the distributive trade sector, where the majority of workers were employed in the retail trade sub-sector was 53.6%. This is followed by the wholesale trade sub-sector, 30.2% and motor vehicles sub-sector, 16.2%.

Total salaries and wages disbursed in 2013 was RM39.0 billion. Retail trade sub-sector recorded the highest with RM19.8 billion (50.9%), followed by wholesale trade sub-sector, RM13.3 billion (34.2%) and motor vehicles sub-sector, RM5.8 billion (14.9%).

Distributive trade sector posted an average monthly salary of RM2,410. Wholesale trade sub-sector recorded the highest average monthly salary with RM2,727, followed by retail trade sub-sector, RM2,289 and motor vehicles sub-sector, RM2,216.

A total of 362,099 establishments or 97.7% in the distributive trade sector were categorised as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The micro category recorded the highest number with 294,766 establishments or 81.4%. This was followed by small category, 61,122 establishments (16.9%) while medium category, 6,211 establishments (1.7%).

The highest number of SMEs was recorded in retail trade sub-sector with 254,240 establishments (70.2%), while wholesale trade and motor vehicles sub-sector, 55,214 establishments (15.3%) and 52,645 establishments (14.5%) respectively.

Sales value of goods and services generated by SMEs was RM485.0 billion with small category as the largest contributor, RM235.6 billion or 48.6%. SMEs in distributive trade sector engaged 1.4 million employees. A total of 1.0 million employees or 70.7% were employed as paid full-time employees.

From 370,725 active business establishments in operation, there were 72,532 establishments or 19.6% owned by women. The highest women-owned establishments were in the retail trade sub-sector which 87.1% followed by wholesale trade sub-sector (8.5%) and motor vehicles sub-sector (4.4%). 


The main findings of Census of Distributive Trade Sector 2014 reference year 2013 are as shown:

The findings of the Census of Distributive Trade, 2013 as compared to 2008 is shown as in  Appendix 1.


Released By:

30 April 2015

Contact person:

Norrita binti Amran
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : norrita.amran@stats.gov.my