Business Conditions Index


  • BCI records 95.9 points, down 17.0 points from 2Q14
  • Sales significantly lower
  • Drop in new domestic and exports orders
  • Less vibrant manufacturing activities
  • Stocks piling up

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI falls below 100-point threshold to 98.0
  • Current and expected finances tone down
  • Employment outlook flat
  • Middle-income households increasingly worried over rising prices
  • Shopping plans on top gear

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The third quarter Malaysian real GDP annual growth moderated to 5.6% as compared to 6.5% in the previous quarter. Domestic demand continued to be the engine of growth with a 4.6 percentage points contribution to the 5.6% growth. Export demand contributed marginally at 0.8 percentage point to the third quarter growth, despite a stronger second quarter performance. By expenditure components, a hefty 93.7% of real GDP consisted of domestic demand, up by one percent from the previous quarter. The share of private consumption increased to 54.7% (2Q2014: 51.6%) despite tighter liquidity environment as indicated by a slower growth in the narrow money supply (M1). The share of private investment slipped to a below 20% threshold confidence level at 18.0% in the third quarter of 2014.

Newspaper Articles

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The Need For Fiscal Reforms

14 September 2009 - Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohammed Ariff

the Sun
Time for East Asia to Rethink Its Growth Strategy

10 September 2009 - Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohammed Ariff
New Straits Times
The Overblown China Factor

19 August 2009 - Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohammed Ariff
New Straits Times

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MIER Presentations

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National Economic Outlook Conference 2015-2016

Malaysian Economic Outlook
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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