Retail trade in Malaysia tumbled 6.6 percent year-on-year in March 2020, the first decline since the series began in January 2013, following a downwardly revised 6.3 percent rise in the previous month. Sales fell for automotive fuels (-14.4 percent vs 3.1 percent); household equipment (-13.1 percent vs 4.8 percent); cultural & recreation goods (-12.0 percent vs 4.7 percent); information & communication equipment (-5.3 percent vs 4.0 percent); non-specialised stores (-0.3 percent vs 7.4 percent). In addition, sales growth eased for both food, beverages & tobacco (2.6 percent vs 7.5 percent) sales via stalls and markets (1.7 percent vs 9.4 percent). Also, both wholesale trade (-7.5 percent vs 6.4 percent) and motor vehicles (-14.4 percent vs 3.6 percent) plunged. On a monthly basis, retail trade plunged 9.9 percent in March, the third straight month of decline, following an upwardly revised 3.4 percent fall in February.

Retail Sales Yoy in Malaysia averaged 9.28 percent from 2013 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 14.80 percent in August of 2018 and a record low of -6.60 percent in March of 2020. This page provides - Malaysia Retail Sales YoY- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Malaysia Retail Sales YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2020. source: Department of Statistics, Malaysia

Retail Sales Yoy in Malaysia is expected to be 6.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales Yoy in Malaysia to stand at 6.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malaysia Retail Sales YoY is projected to trend around 6.90 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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Malaysia Retail Sales YoY

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-6.60 6.30 14.80 -6.60 2013 - 2020 percent Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-02-10 04:00 AM Dec 7.0% 7.0% 7.1%
2020-03-13 04:00 AM Jan 6.7% 7.0%
2020-04-10 04:00 AM Feb 6.4% 6.7% 6.5%
2020-05-08 04:00 AM Mar -6.6% 6.3% 5.5%
2020-06-12 04:00 AM Apr -6.6%
2020-07-10 04:00 AM May
2020-08-10 04:00 AM Jun 6%
2020-09-11 04:00 AM Jul


News Stream
Malaysia Retail Sales Fall for 1st Time in Over 7 Years
Retail trade in Malaysia tumbled 6.6 percent year-on-year in March 2020, the first decline since the series began in January 2013, following a downwardly revised 6.3 percent rise in the previous month. Sales fell for automotive fuels (-14.4 percent vs 3.1 percent in February); household equipment (-13.1 percent vs 4.8 percent); cultural & recreation goods (-12.0 percent vs 4.7 percent); information & communication equipment (-5.3 percent vs 4.0 percent); non-specialised stores (-0.3 percent vs 7.4 percent). In addition, sales growth eased for both food, beverages & tobacco (2.6 percent vs 7.5 percent) and sales via stalls and markets (1.7 percent vs 9.4 percent). Also, both wholesale trade (-7.5 percent vs 6.4 percent) and motor vehicles (-14.4 percent vs 3.6 percent) plunged. On a monthly basis, retail trade plunged 9.9 percent in March, the third straight month of decline, following an upwardly revised 3.4 percent fall in February.
2020-05-08
Malaysia Retail Sales Rise the Least in Near 4-1/2 Years
Retail trade in Malaysia increased 6.4 percent year-on-year in February 2020, the least since September 2015, following a 6.7 percent rise in the previous month. Sales growth slowed for other goods (8.0 percent vs 8.3 percent in January); automotive fuels (3.1 percent vs 3.4 percent); non-specialised stores (7.7 percent vs 8.1 percent); food, beverages & tobacco (7.5 percent vs 8.0 percent); cultural & recreation goods (4.7 percent vs 5.3 percent); information & communication equipment (4.0 percent vs 4.5 percent). On the other hand, sales accelerated for both household equipment (4.8 percent vs 4.1 percent) and sales via stalls and markets (9.4 percent vs 9.2 percent). Meantime, wholesale trade advanced softer (5.1 percent vs 5.2 percent) while sales of motor vehicles went up faster (3.7 percent vs 1.0 percent). On a monthly basis, retail trade fell 3.3 percent in February, the second straight month of decline, following a 2 percent fall in January.
2020-04-10
Malaysia Retail Sales Rise the Least in Over 4 Years
Retail trade in Malaysia increased 6.7 percent year-on-year in January 2020, the least since October 2015, following a 7 percent rise in the previous month. Sales growth slowed for other goods (8.3 percent vs 8.8 percent in December); automotive fuel (3.4 percent vs 4.1 percent); non-specialised stores (8.1 percent vs 8.5 percent); food, beverages & tobacco (8.0 percent vs 8.6 percent); cultural & recreation goods (5.3 percent vs 7 percent); household equipment (4.1 percent vs 4.3 percent). On the other hand, sales accelerated for both information & communication equipment (4.5 percent vs 3 percent) and sales via stalls and markets (9.2 percent vs 8.9 percent). Meantime, wholesale trade (5.2 percent vs 5.4 percent) and motor vehicles sales (1.0 percent vs 4.5 percent) advanced at a softer pace. On a monthly basis, retail trade fell 2 percent in January, the first drop since September last year, following a 4.2 percent gain in December.
2020-03-13
Malaysia Retail Sales Rise 7% in December
Retail trade in Malaysia increased 7.0 percent year-on-year in December 2019, the same pace as in the previous month. Sales growth accelerated for other goods (8.8 percent vs 8.6 percent in November); automotive fuel (4.1 percent vs 3.9 percent); non-specialised stores (8.5 percent vs 8.3 percent); food, beverages & tobacco (8.6 percent vs 8.4 percent); cultural & recreation goods (7 percent vs 6.5 percent); and via stalls and markets (8.9 percent vs 8.6 percent). On the other hand, sales slowed for both other household equipment (4.3 percent vs 5.2 percent); and information & communication equipment (3 percent vs 4 percent). Meantime, wholesale trade (5.5 percent vs 4.4 percent) and motor vehicles sales (4.5 percent vs 3 percent) advanced at a faster pace. On a monthly basis, retail trade rose 4.2 percent in December, the most since June, following a 2.3 percent gain in November.
2020-02-10