by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE wholesale and retail trade industry recorded the highest sales value from locations in the Petaling district at RM230.6 billion, followed by Johor which recorded RM2.3 billion for 2018, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s Wholesale and Retail Trade Census 2019 by state report.
The report also stated that the sector generated sales value of RM1.3 trillion, an increase of 8.6% per annum compared to 2013.
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin (picture) said other major contributors to the sales value by location were Klang with RM48.4 billion, Hulu Langat at RM45 billion, Johor Baru at RM42.3 billion and Kuching, Sarawak at RM34.6 billion.
“The largest number of employees was also recorded in the Petaling district, which was 227,850 people with salaries and wages paid amounted to RM10.4 billion.
“This was followed by Johor Baru with 85,341 employees with salaries and wages totalling RM2.4 billion, while Hulu Langat recorded 77,826 employees with a total salary and wages of RM2.7 billion, followed by Klang with 67,459 employees and total salary and wages of RM2.7 billion,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He added that during the year, there were 469,024 establishments operating in the sector compared to 2013 where 370,725 establishments were operating, noting an annual growth rate of 4.8%.
“This sector generated a sales value of RM1.3 trillion, an increase of 8.6% per annum compared to 2013.
“The number of employees recorded was 2,002,838 with an annual growth rate of 3.3%. Salaries and wages paid amounted to RM62.9 billion compared to RM39 billion in 2013,” he said.
He also said the sales value generated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contributed 63.7% to the overall sales value.
“From the total number of establishments involved in the sector, SMEs were 461,975 establishments, which was 98.5% with an annual growth rate of 4.7%.
“The sales value generated by SMEs was RM806.9 billion compared to RM591.7 billion in the previous census with an annual growth rate of 6.5%,” he said.
Mohd Uzir said the highest number of SMEs was in the Petaling district and Johor Baru, noting that Petaling recorded the highest salary and wages followed by Klang.
“For the Petaling district, the main industries that contributed to the number of these establishments were Retail Sales in Non-specialised Stores and Retail Sales in Specialised Stores (RSSS).
“For Johor Baru, the RSSS and Wholesale of Household Goods are the main industries. In terms of sales value, the Petaling district and Klang recorded the highest, while the highest number of workers was recorded in the Petaling district and Johor Baru,” he said.
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur also recorded the prevalent usage of computers, Internet and web presence at 99.1%, 96.3% and 68.9% respectively.
Mohd Uzir said the districts of Hulu Langat, Ledang and Sepang recorded the highest computer usage.
“Sepang, Hulu Selangor and Hulu Langat recorded the highest usage of Internet, while the highest usage of web presence was shown by Hulu Selangor, Sepang and Langkawi,” he said.