Business Conditions Index


  • BCI slides to 108.8 points
  • Current Index (CI) edged up
  • Expectation Index Fall
  • Sales up marginally

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI up y-o-y to 107.5
  • Income in 3Q18 better than 3Q17
  • Financial expectations trending up on higher employment prospects
  • Worries over rising prices moderating
  • Spending plans remain cautious and selective

Malaysian Economic Outlook

After performing better than expected last year growing at 5.9% a year, the Malaysian economy is expected to grow at a slower pace this year as well as next year, putting less stress on the domestic demand. The interim data so far are pointing towards slower growth than earlier anticipated. The first quarter GDP grew at 5.4% and further moderated to 4.5% in the second quarter. The latest trade data reflected the sign of a weakened global demand. The August trade balance was the lowest since November 2014 at RM1.6 billion. This is consistent with the declining index of the export-oriented industries in the IPI since the beginning of the year.

Newspaper Articles

Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.

Role of Technology in Competitive Market Environment
24 December 2018 - Samirul Ariff
The Edge
Maintaining our Economic Sovereignty
22 October 2018 - Samirul Ariff
The Edge
Adakah Malaysia Mengalami Penyahindustrian Pramatang?
9 Ogos 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Is Globalisation a new form of Colonisation?
2 July 2018 - Samirul Ariff
The Edge
Understanding the Costs of Production and Doing Business
19 April 2018 - Samirul Ariff
The Edge
Inflasi Bukan Teras Mendominasi Kadar Inflasi 2017
20 Februari 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Dasar Perlindungan dan Risiko Menurun Pertumbuhan Ekonomi
30 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Bioekonomi Penjana Pertumbuhan Ekonomi
23 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Peningkatan Nilai Ringgit
16 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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National Economic Outlook Conference 2019-2020

Malaysian Economic Outlook
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) undertakes independent and high quality problem-oriented research on economic, financial and business issues facing the country and provides advice on macroeconomic management, development and future economic perspectives.... Read more

30 January Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Fourth Quarter 2018
MIER, JKR 606 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
16 April Twenty-Fourth Corporate Economic Briefing
16 July Thirty-Fourth National Economic Briefing
15 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2019
MIER, JKR 505 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
26 & 27 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2020-2021
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The Survey of Business Conditions and the Survey of Consumer Sentiments are regular publications, which are released quarterly and are available on a subscription basis. The Malaysian Economic Outlook is published twice a year in June and December with two supplements in April and October. The December issue presents the new two-year forecasts, which are revised in the subsequent issues. The December issue also includes the annual revision of the long-range forecast of the Malaysian economy.... Read more


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