18 July, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: The sales value of Malaysia’s manufacturing sector declined by 3.6% (RM9.2bil) at RM248.7bil in the January-May period this year compared to 2012’s numbers, the Department of Statistics Malaysia reported.
It said the total number of employees in this period went up by 1.3% (12,954 persons) while productivity decreased by 4.8% to RM238,907 per employee.
This May’s sales value declined 2.4%, down to RM50.7bil from RM51.9bil from the same month last year.
It attributed the drop in sales value to slower sales in 58 of the 116 industries surveyed – chiefly in computer and computer peripherals (18.1%), basic iron and steel products (17.6%), refined petroleum product (12.4%), basic industrial chemicals (excepting fertilisers and nitrogen compounds – 11.5%), and semi-conductor devices (3.4%).
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