Business Conditions Index


  • BCI stands at 103.1 points, down from the previous quarter's reading of 114.1
  • Poor manufacturing sales
  • Slowdown in production
  • Lower domestic and export orders
  • Higher expected export sales and production level in the next quarter

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI retreats further to 77.1
  • Current household finances deteriorate
  • Income and job outlook lacklustre
  • Anxieties over higher prices grow
  • Burly spending plans amid waning incomes and jobs

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The Malaysian economy performed better than expected in the first half of 2017 (1H2017). Real GDP grew by 5.6%, year-on-year basis (y-o-y) in the first quarter and further expanded to 5.8% in the second quarter. The growth was supported by stronger domestic demand due to the improvement in both investment and consumption, and further reinforced by upbeat export demand. The external sector continued to progress as the world trade activities strengthened. Global economy is expected to grow stronger than expected underpinned by faster growth in the advanced economies as well as the continued improvement in the emerging market and developing economies.

Newspaper Articles

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Menangani Isu Peningkatan Kos Sara Hidup Melalui Bajet 2018
17 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Bajet Sebagai Alat Dasar
10 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Trend Kadar Pertukaran Asing Ringgit Semenjak 2015
3 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Pembangunan Ekonomi Seimbang
19 September 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Pembangunan Institusi Sebagai Faktor Pengeluaran
15 August 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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National Economic Outlook Conference 2018-2019

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

23 January Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Fourth Quarter 2017
MIER, JKR 606 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
17 April Twenty-Third Corporate Economic Briefing
19 July Thirty-Third National Economic Briefing
16 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2018
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27-28 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2019-2020
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