Malaysia - Retail Sales

Malaysia: Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT.IMYS
Unit Ths. MYR, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Annual 7.52 %
Data 2019 537,600,200
2018 499,993,688

Series Information

Source Department of Statistics Malaysia
Release Retail Sales - Annual
Frequency Annual
Start Date 12/31/1998
End Date 12/31/2019

Release Information

Data on the services sector were obtained from various censuses/surveys which were conducted annually or biennially. Wholesale trade refers to the resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to retailers, industrial, commercial, industrial, institutional or professional users; or to other wholesalers; or selling merchandise to such persons or companies. Retail trade refers to the resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to the general public for personal or household consumption or utlization. It includes selling bishops, department stores, stalls, consumer co-operatives, etc.

The compilation of Malaysia’s external trade statistics aims to provide information on Malaysia’s trade performance vis-à-vis the rest of the world in terms of volume, value and average unit value of merchandise goods. In this report, only the value of external trade is presented.

The general system of recording is adopted in compiling Malaysian external trade statistics. Under this system, the national boundary of the country is used as the statistical frontier. All goods entering or leaving the country (except specific exclusions goods) are recorded, whether or not such goods are subject to clearance. Accordingly, goods entering or leaving customs bonded warehouses, Free Industrial Zones, Free Commercial Zones and Free Zones are recorded in the statistics.

Commodities are classified according to the Standard International Trade Classification of the United Nations. The commodity classifications that were in use since 1967 are as follows :-

i. 1967 to 1977 (SITC Rev.1)

ii. 1978 to 1987 (SITC Rev.2)

iii. 1988 to March 2008 (SITC Rev.3)

vi. April 2008 onwards (SITC Rev.4)

Data is subject to revision when new data becomes available.

Note the difference in the methods:

The sample for Quarterly Survey starting 1998 to 2004 covers urban metropolitan & large town and urban small town level in Malaysia consist of selected towns only. Starting 2005, the sample covers the whole Malaysia. 

There is a break from 2005:

i. Starting 2011, Monthly Distributive Trade Survey (MDT) uses new sample based on Census of Distributive Trade 2009 (reference year 2008). The sample covers all establishments involve in Distributive Trade activities at Malaysia level. 

ii. While, data starting 2005 to 2010 has been benchmarked based on Census of Distributive Trade 2009.