In the first quarter of 2019, volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade continued to expand by recording a growth of 6.4 per cent to 173.6 points as compared to the same period in 2018. Retail Trade was the key performer by registering 9.3 per cent.
As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it decreased 0.1 per cent as against the fourth quarter of 2018. Retail Trade and Wholesale Trade recorded negative growth of 0.6 per cent and 0.3 per cent respectively, while Motor Vehicles increased 2.5 per cent.
Table 1: Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade by Sub-sector
|Seasonally Adjusted||% Change
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade
Volume index of Wholesale Trade
Volume index of Retail Trade
Volume index of Motor Vehicles
Wholesale Trade Sub-sector
Volume index of Wholesale Trade grew 4.3 per cent to 179.7 points in the first quarter 2019 as compared to first quarter 2018. The growth was supported mainly by Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Materials and Live Animals (11.1%), Wholesale of Household Goods (7.6%) and Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco (7.0%).
Retail Trade Sub-sector
In first quarter 2019, Retail Trade sub-sector registered a growth of 9.3 per cent to 185.0 points year-on-year. The growth was attributed by Retail Sale of Information and Communications Equipment in Specialised Stores (12.9%). This was followed by Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores which expanded 10.9 per cent respectively.
Motor Vehicles Sub-sector
Volume index of Motor Vehicles posted an increase of 4.3 per cent to 128.5 points in the first quarter 2019 as against the same period in 2018. The increase was driven by Sale, Maintenance & Repair of Motorcycles & Related Parts & Accessories (7.9%) and Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts & Accessories (6.6%).
Data for first quarter 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the publication second quarter 2019.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
13 May 2019
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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