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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 First Quarter 2022

Release Date : Thursday 12, May 2022 1200



In the first quarter of 2022, volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade registered a growth of  3.9 per cent to reach 134.7 points as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The  positive  growth  was  recorded  in Motor Vehicles and Retail Trade sub-sectors with 8.8 per cent and 5.1 per cent, respectively, followed by Wholesale Trade of  1.2 per cent. Meanwhile, for quarter-on-quarter comparison, volume index also increased  0.7 per cent in this quarter.


Seasonally adjusted volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade grew 5.2 per cent as against the fourth quarter of 2021. The positive growth was contributed by Retail Trade, Motor Vehicles and Wholesale Trade sub-sectors of  5.9 per cent, 5.0 per cent and 2.8 per cent  respectively.

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

Volume index
Original % Change
Seasonally Adjusted % Change
Volume index of Wholesale & Retail Trade
134.7 3.9 135.7 5.2
Volume index of Wholesale Trade
129.4 1.2 130.6 2.8
Volume index of Retail Trade
147.2 5.1 146.5 5.9
Volume index of Motor Vehicles
115.0 8.8 113.1 5.0

Wholesale Trade Sub-sector

Volume index of Wholesale Trade sub-sector went up 1.2 per cent  in first quarter 2022 as compared to the same quarter in 2021. This increment was attributed to Wholesale of Agricultural Raw Material & Lives Animals with 8.4 per cent, followed by Wholesale of Food,Beverages &  Tobacco of 4.6 per cent. For quarterly growth, volume index of Wholesale Trade went down -1.5 per cent.

Retail Trade Sub-sector

For the first quarter of 2022, Retail Trade recorded a positive growth of  5.1 per cent to 147.2 points as against the same quarter of the previous year. The increment was attributed to Retail Trade Not in Stores,  Stalls  or  Markets  (26.3%),  Retail  Sale in Non-Specialised Stores (11.1%) and Retail Sale of Automotive Fuel in Specialised Stores (11.0%). For quarter-on-quarter comparison, volume index of this sub-sector posted an increment of  3.2 per cent.


Motor Vehicles Sub-sector

Volume index of Motor Vehicles registered a positive growth of 8.8 per cent year-on-year. This positive momentum was attributed  to  Sale  of  Motor  Vehicle Parts  &  Accessories  and  Maintenance  &  Repair  of  Motor  Vehicles  which  increased  18.5 per cent and 16.5 per cent, respectively. For  performance  of this  sub-sector  as  againts  the  previous quarter, it declined  -0.9 per cent.


The full publication of the Quarterly Volume Index of Wholesale & Retail Trade, First Quarter 2022 can be downloaded through  eStatistik Portal.

For more details, please refer to the Department's portal: www.dosm.gov.my


Data for first quarter of 2022 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the publication of second quarter 2022.



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12 May 2022

Contact person:

Mohd Yusrizal Ab. Razak
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
E-mail : yusrizal.razak[at]dosm.gov.my

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