Business Conditions Index


  • BCI dives below threshold to settle at 83.9 points
  • Slowdown in overall sales and production
  • Local and export orders decline
  • Stock levels increasing
  • Near-term outlook remains bleak

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI loses 5 points q-o-q to 73.6
  • Current incomes improve
  • Employment and financial outlook uninspiring
  • Jitters over rising prices softening
  • Concerns over jobs and incomes no damper on shopping plans

Malaysian Economic Outlook

Global growth again fell of expectations in 2016. Earlier the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had revised down its global growth projection by 0.1 percentage point in July to forecast a 3.1% growth for 2016. IMF in its latest release maintained the global growth projection for 2016 at 3.1% as subdued global demand persists. Growth prospect for global economy is still fuzzy, bogged down by a few lingering unresolved issues shaping up the global economic arena. Among others, the result of Brexit is still unclear, lower oil prices is still in the backdrop, the slowdown in advanced economies persists and China's rebalancing continues. Moreover, there are few non-economic factors such as the spreading of Zika virus disease from Latin America to other parts of the world, refugee crisis in Europe, upcoming US presidential election and geopolitical conflicts here and there.

Newspaper Articles

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Globalization and Political Economy of Development

2 December 2016 - Samirul Ariff Othman
Focus Malaysia

Trump Tantrum dan Kejatuhan Nilai Ringgit

28 November 2016 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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National Economic Outlook Conference 2017-2018

Malaysian Economic Outlook
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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6 - 7 December National Economic Outlook Conference 2017-2018
Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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