The Business Conditions Survey was first mounted in the second quarter of 1987 to provide input for the Institute's economic forecasting activity. It is conducted on a quarterly basis to assist in assessing the short-term outlook for the economy..... Read more
Business Conditions Index
- Business Conditions Index rose 101.0 points against 86.4 points in the previous quarter
- Healthy sales at start of the year
- Growth in domestic and export orders
- Business activity likely to accelerate in the next quarter
Consumer Sentiments Index
- CSI plummets to its six-year low of 72.6
- Current incomes trend lower
- Financial and job outlook yawn
- Inflationary worries moderating somewhat
- Consumers to tighten purse strings
Malaysian Economic Outlook
The Malaysian economy performed exceptionally well last year, despite adverse external shocks and traumatic floods that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014. The par excellence performance seemed like "divine coincidence", especially with real GDP growing right on the target of 6% per annum, as envisaged earlier in the Economic Transformation Program (ETP). Similarly, Federal overall fiscal deficit as a percentage of nominal GDP also hit the bull's eye, as if making a birdie, right at the 3.5% target, as committed earlier under the fiscal consolidation plan, thereby moving closer to reach the goal of a balanced-budget by the year 2020. Of greater significance, net current account of the balance of payments (NCAB) improved substantially last year, touching almost RM50 billion, boosted by a significant improvement in the external trade account. This helped to a large extent diminish earlier concerns, especially by foreign rating agencies, market analysts as well as non-resident investors about the likelihood of twin-deficit problem, which will undoubtedly take a while longer to materialise, although NCAB is undisputedly trending downward. While overall unemployment remained below 3% of the total labour force, indicating a full employment phenomenon, consumer headline inflation accelerated fast last year, touching 3.2% (2013: 2.1%), which was above the long-run average of 2.5%, on account of mostly policy-driven domestic cost-push factors.
Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.
|Sentimen Pengguna dan Ekonomi|
21 April 2015 - Elayne Yee Siew Lin
14 April 2015 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
|Nilai Ringgit dan Persepsi Negatif yang Tidak Berasas|
7 April 2015 - Dr Shankaran Nambiar
|Penurunan Nilai Rinngit|
1 April 2015 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
|Kesan Penurunan Harga Minyak Terhadap Harga Pengguna|
25 March 2015 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
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Presentations are in pdf format and are available for download.
Corporate Economic Briefing: 22 April 2015
20th Corporate Economic Briefing
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid
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