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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

Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade Fourth Quarter 2020

Release Date : Tuesday 09, February 2021 12:00 pm
Last Updated : Tuesday 09, February 2021 12:39 pm


In overall year of 2020, volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade recorded  -6.2 per cent to 121.5 points. In the fourth quarter of 2020, volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade increased 1.4 per cent to  register 131.2 points as compared to third quarter of 2020. As for year-on-year comparison, volume index improved to record  -1.2 per cent from -2.0 per cent in third quarter of 2020.


Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew  1.3 per cent  as against  the  third quarter of 2020.  This  growth  was underpinned  by Wholesale Trade sub-sector with 4.0 per cent and Retail Trade of 0.2 per cent. However, Motor vehicles sub-sector decreased  -2.9 per cent as compared to the previous quarter.

Table 1: Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade  by Sub-sector

Volume index
Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade
131.2 1.4 130.7 1.3
Volume index of Wholesale Trade
131.3 3.5 130.9 4.0
Volume index of Retail Trade
139.9 1.4 138.9 0.2
Volume index of Motor Vehicles
106.7 -6.1 107.4 -2.9


Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

Volume index of Wholesale Trade increased 3.5 per cent as compared to third quarter of the same year. The growth was attributed to Other Specialised Wholesale and Wholesale of Household Goods which registered  9.8 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively. For year-on-year growth, volume index of Wholesale Trade declined  -0.4 per cent.

Retail Trade Sub-sector

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Retail Trade recorded 1.4 per cent growth as against the previous quarter, pushed up by Retail Sale of Cultural & Recreation Goods in Specialised Stores with  10.8 per cent. This was followed by Retail Trade Not in Stores, Stalls or Markets which registered  9.2 per cent. For year-on-year comparison, volume index slipped -2.9 per cent in fourth quarter of 2020.


Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Volume index of Motor Vehicles posted a negative growth of  6.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter in fourth quarter of 2020. This fall was attributed to Sales of Motor Vehicles which decreased  9.4 per cent followed by Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles with -7.0 per cent.  For performance of this sub-sector as againts the same quarter of the previous year, it went up  2.7 per cent.


The full publication of the Quarterly Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade, Fourth 2020 can be downloaded from eStatistik portal.


Data for fourth quarter of 2020 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the publication of first quarter 2021.



Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin    Dr_Uzir

9 February 2021

Contact person:

Mohd Yusrizal Ab. Razak
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
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