Malaysia's manufacturing sales for May 2011 rose 8% to RM47.8 billion as compared to the RM44.3 billion reported in the same month last year.
However, the sales value decreased by 3.7% month-on-month compared with the RM49.6 billion recorded in April, the Statistics Department said in the monthly manufacturing statistics released today.
The year-on-year increase in the sales value in May 2011 was generated by the growth in 84 industries out of the 116 covered in a survey.
The five major industries were, the manufacture of refined petroleum products (17.9%), manufacture of electronic valves and tubes and printed circuit boards (20.7%), manufacture of other basic industrial chemicals except fertilisers and nitrogen compounds (12%), manufacture of other basic precious and non-ferrous metals (48.9%), and rubber remilling and latex processing (25.2%).
The month-on-month decrease in the sales value was the result of a drop in the sales value of 50 industries out of 116.
The five major industries were the manufacture of refined petroleum products (15.2%), manufacture of computer and computer peripherals (15.3%), rubber remilling and latex processing (21.1%), manufacture of semi-conductor devices (7.1%), and manufacture of television and radio transmitters and apparatus for line telephony and line telegraph (12.5%).
For the first five months of this year, the sales value of the manufacturing sector posted a double-digit growth of 11.1% to RM241.3 billion.
A total of 1,018,101 persons were employed in the manufacturing sector in May this year, a decrease of 896 persons, compared with the preceding month.
However, the number of workers employed increased by 43,995 persons in May this year as compared to the 974,106 in May 2010.
Average salaries and wages paid per employee in May 2011 decreased 2% month-on-month to RM2,235.
Productivity or average sales value per employee in May 2011 decreased 3.6% month-on-month to RM46,952.