The Distributive Trade sector increased to 5.0 per cent in second quarter 2015. This increase was propelled by Retail Trade sub-sector (7.2%), Wholesale Trade (4.0%) and Motor Vehicles (3.1%). On a quarterly basis, sales value showed a decrease of 0.4 per cent from RM248.6 billion to RM247.7 billion.
Total number of persons engaged in this sector was 1.6 million persons with an increase of 2.5 per cent or 39,536 persons as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged rose by 0.1 per cent or 1,812 persons.
Table 1: Performance of Distributive Trade
Performance by Sub-Sector
Sales value of the Wholesale Trade sub-sector registered a 4.0 per cent growth to RM121.9 billion as compared to last year. Quarter-on-quarter, this sub-sector recorded an increase of 0.5 per cent.
The growth was contributed by Wholesale of Household Goods (8.1%), Non-specialised Wholesale Trade (6.2%) and Wholesale of Food, Beverages and Tobacco (6.0%).
Number of persons engaged rose by 2.8 per cent or 11,170 persons as compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014. On a quarterly basis, the number of persons engaged decreased by 0.2 per cent or 703 persons.
Retail Trade sub-sector recorded an increase of RM6.0 billion or 7.2 per cent as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. On a quarterly basis, sales value of this sub-sector fell by 2.3 per cent.
The increase was driven by Retail Sale Via Stalls and Markets (11.5%), Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (11.4%) and Retail Sale of Other Goods in Specialised Stores (9.4%).
Year-on-year, the number of persons engaged increased by 2.2 per cent or 21,571 persons. The number of persons engaged increased by 0.4 per cent or 4,383 persons in this quarter as compared to the preceding quarter.
In this quarter, sales value of Motor Vehicles sub-sector went up by 3.1 per cent to RM35.6 billion as compared with the same quarter of the preceding year. Quarter-on-quarter, sales value recorded an increase of 1.7 per cent.
The expansion was contributed by Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles (4.0%), Sales of Motor Vehicles (3.7%) and Sale of Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories (2.2%).
Number of persons engaged registered an increase of 2.8 per cent or 6,795 persons as compared to the same period of the previous year. Quarter-on-quarter, the number of persons engaged decreased by 0.8 per cent or 1,868 persons.
Data for second 2015
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10 August 2015
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