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2017, gross output in Real Estate Services sector was RM32.8 bil.
2017, number of workers in Accommodation sector was 139,410 persons
Total revenue for wholesale and retail trade sector was RM1,321.7 billion in 2018

Wholesale & Retail Trade, October 2019

Release Date : Thursday 12, December 2019 12:00 pm
Last Updated : Thursday 12, December 2019 12:03 pm




A total of RM111.3 billion was recorded by Sales of Wholesale and Retail Trade in Oktober 2019, increased  RM 5.3 billion or  5.0 per cent as compared to the same  month  a  year  ago. The  growth  was  attributed  to  Retail  Trade  which  increased   RM2.8 billion (+6.8%)  followed  by  Wholesale  Trade  with   RM2.0 billion  (+3.9%).   Similarly,   Motor   Vehicles   rose    RM0.5 billion (+3.7%).

Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade posted a growth of  5.2 per cent to reach  132.1 points as compared to the same month of the previous year. The key contributor for this growth was Retail Trade with  6.6 per cent. As for seasonally adjusted volume index, it increased  1.5 per cent as against a month ago.

For performance across sub-sector, Retail Trade sub-sector led the other sub-sectors with year on year growth of   6.8 per cent. Within the same period,  Wholesale Trade expanded  3.9 per cent. Likewise, Motor Vehicles rose  3.7 per cent.

The growth of  5.2 per cent in the volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade was lifted by Retail Trade ( 6.6%) and followed by Wholesale Trade (4.4%). Motor Vehicles grew  3.3 per cent within the same period. 

Wholesale Trade

Wholesale Trade gained sales value of  RM53.9 billion in October 2019, increased  RM2.0 billion3.9%) as against the corresponding month of the previous year. The expansion was supported by Wholesale of Food, Beverages & Tobacco ( 5.1%), Wholesale  of Household  Goods ( 4.9%),  and Other Specialised Wholesale ( 4.5%).   For  monthly  comparison,  sales  of  this sub-sector declined  1.7 per cent as  against  September 2019.

Volume index of Wholesale Trade expanded  4.4 per cent to 134.6 points in October 2019 as compared to the same month of the preceding year.   Wholesale  of  Household  Goods  recorded  the   highest  growth  of  5.5 per cent.  This  was  followed  by  Other  Specialised  Wholesale ( 5.4%) and Wholesale of Food,  Beverages  &  Tobacco (5.3%).   For monthly comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index of this  sub-sector decreased 0.8 per cent.

Retail Trade 

Sales of Retail Trade registered an annual growth of  6.8 per cent as compared to October 2018. The expansion was fueled by Retail Sale Via Stalls & Market ( 8.3%),  Retail  Sale  of  Food,  Beverages  &  Tobacco In Specialised Stores ( 8.2%),  Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores ( 8.1%)  and  Retail Sale in Non-specialised Stores ( 8.0%)

Retail Trade rose  6.6 per cent to  139.5 points in October 2019.  Retail Sale of  Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores increased  8.0 per cent and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores recorded a growth of   7.9 per cent. These were followed by Retail Sale of Information & Communication Equipment in Specialised Stores and Retail Sale in Non-specialised Stores in which both of these industries registered   7.0 per cent.  As  for  seasonally  adjusted  volume  index,  it  increased   2.3 per cent as against September 2019.

Motor Vehicles

Sales value of Motor Vehicles rose   3.7 per cent as against the corresponding period of the previous year. The increment was supported by Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles with  4.2 per cent and Sales of Motor Vehicles with  3.9 per cent. Compared to September 2019, sales value jumped  8.0 per cent.

As for volume index, it increased  3.3 per cent to  103.7 points compared to a year ago. The rise was propelled by Sales of Motor Vehicles with   3.7 per cent in October 2019. For monthly comparison, seasonally adjusted volume index surged to   6.1 per cent.



The full publication of the Performance of Wholesale & Retail Trade, October 2019 can be downloaded from eStatistik portal.


Data for October 2019 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the performance of November 2019.


Released by:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

12 December 2019

Contact person:

Rohaida binti Mohamad 
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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