Malaysia's leading economic index declined by 2.9 percent month-over-month in May 2021, after a 1.2 percent drop a month earlier. This was the second straight month of negative reading since December last year, amid ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, with all of seven components of the index falling: real imports of other basic precious & other non-ferrous metals (-1.2 percent vs -0.5 percent in May); expected sales value, manufacturing (-1 percent vs -0.7 percent), numbers of new companies registered (-0.3 percent vs 0.4 percent), numbers of housing units approved (-0.3 percent vs -0.02 percent); real money supply (-0.1 percent vs 0.1 percent); and real imports of semiconductors (-0.01 percent vs -0.2 percent). On a yearly basis, the index rose 6.9 percent, slowing sharply from a 15.9 percent jump in April. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the overall current economic performance, declined by 1.3 percent month-on-month, after rising 0.8 percent in April. source: Department of Statistics, Malaysia

Leading Economic Index in Malaysia averaged 0.18 percent from 1991 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 4.90 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -5 percent in March of 2020. This page provides - Malaysia Leading Composite Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Malaysia Leading Economic Index - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Leading Economic Index in Malaysia is expected to be 1.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Leading Economic Index in Malaysia to stand at 1.10 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malaysia Leading Economic Index is projected to trend around 1.80 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Malaysia Leading Economic Index

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-2.90 -1.20 5.20 -5.80 1991 - 2021 percent Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-23 04:00 AM Feb 1.1% 0.7% 0.2%
2021-05-25 04:00 AM Mar 1.8% 1.1% 2.3%
2021-06-25 04:00 AM Apr -1.2% 1.8% 1%
2021-07-23 04:00 AM May -2.9% -1.2% -0.5%
2021-08-25 04:00 AM Jun -2.9%
2021-09-24 04:00 AM Jul
2021-10-25 04:00 AM Aug
2021-11-25 04:00 AM Sep


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Malaysia Leading Index Drops for 2nd Straight Month
Malaysia's leading economic index declined by 2.9 percent month-over-month in May 2021, after a 1.2 percent drop a month earlier. This was the second straight month of negative reading since December last year, amid ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, with all of seven components of the index falling: real imports of other basic precious & other non-ferrous metals (-1.2 percent vs -0.5 percent in May); expected sales value, manufacturing (-1 percent vs -0.7 percent), numbers of new companies registered (-0.3 percent vs 0.4 percent), numbers of housing units approved (-0.3 percent vs -0.02 percent); real money supply (-0.1 percent vs 0.1 percent); and real imports of semiconductors (-0.01 percent vs -0.2 percent). On a yearly basis, the index rose 6.9 percent, slowing sharply from a 15.9 percent jump in April. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the overall current economic performance, declined by 1.3 percent month-on-month, after rising 0.8 percent in April.
2021-07-23
Malaysia Leading Index Drops for 1st Time in 4 Months
Malaysia's leading economic index declined by 1.2 percent month-over-month in April 2021, reversing from a 1.8 percent gain a month earlier. This was the first negative reading since December last year, amid ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, with five out of seven components of the index falling: expected sales value, manufacturing (-0.7 percent vs -0.02 percent in March), real imports of other basic precious & other non-ferrous metals (-0.5 percent vs 0.8 percent), numbers of new companies registered (-0.4 percent vs 0.4 percent), real imports of semiconductors (-0.2 percent vs 0.1 percent), and numbers of housing units approved (-0.02 percent vs 0.6 percent). On a yearly basis, the index rose 15.7 percent, after a 17.2 percent jump in March. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the overall current economic performance, increased 0.8 percent month-on-month, after rising 0.1 percent in March.
2021-06-25
Malaysia Leading Index Rises the Most in 8 Months
Malaysia's leading economic index increased by 1.8 percent month-over-month in March 2021, the highest since last July, accelerating from 1.1 percent a month earlier. The gains was contributed by real money supply M1 (0.3 percent vs 0.3 percent in February), real imports of other basic precious & other non-ferrous metals (0.8 percent vs 0.6 percent), number of companies register (0.4 percent vs 0.6 percent), number of housing units improved (0.6 percent vs -0.2 percent), real imports of semi conductor (0.1 percent vs 0.1 percent). Meanwhile, bursa Malaysia Industrial Index went down 0.4 percent, after declining by 0.3 percent in the previous month. Year-on-year, the index surged by 17.3 percent in March, following an 8.6 percent rise in the prior month. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the overall current economic performance edged up 0.1 percent month-on-month in March, easing from a 3.1 percent growth in February.
2021-05-25
Malaysia Leading Index Rises the Most in 7 Months
Malaysia's leading economic index increased by 1.1 percent month-over-month in February 2021, the highest since last July, accelerating from 0.7 percent a month earlier. The gains was contributed by real money supply M1 (0.3 percent vs 0.2 percent in January), real imports of other basic precious & other non-ferrous metals (0.6 percent vs 0.2 percent), and number of companies register (0.6 percent vs -0.7 percent). In addition, bursa Malaysia Industrial Index edged down 0.1 percent, after declining by 0.3 percent in the previous month. Year-on-year, the index increased by 8.5 percent in January, following an 8.2 percent growth in the prior month. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the overall current economic performance jumped 3.1 percent month-on-month in February, reversing from a 0.4 percent drop in January.
2021-04-23

Malaysia Leading Economic Index
In Malaysia, the Leading Index provides early signal on the direction in which the economy is going. It is calculated based on real money supply M1, Bursa Malaysia industrial index, real total traded (eight major trading partners: Japan, USA, Germany, UK, Singapore, Thailand, China, Canada), CPI for services (inverted), industrial material price index, ratio of price to unit labor cost (manufacturing), number of housing permits approved, number of new companies registered, trend adjustment factor. The index has a base value of 100 as of 2005.