Stock availability was reported to be slightly worse overall with 44% of respondents confirming lower levels, 41% felt they were broadly the same, whilst 16% witnessed an improvement. As a result of a decline in part exchanges, some dealers stated they plan to be more proactive next year in terms of sourcing stock. However, some reported that part exchanges remain healthy and can still rely on these as their primary supply. The issue remains though that there is a general shortfall of quality stock in the market.
Despite availability continuing to be difficult, 38% of dealers held the view that their own stock levels had improved over last year, 34% felt they were broadly in line and 28% said they were not so good. A healthy 56% stated their stock levels were about correct, 35% were of the opinion they were too low and 9% believed they were too high.
Taking into account the time of year with winter arriving, a modest ease has been applied across much of the guide, except where trade feedback and evidence from the market place has indicated other adjustments where necessary. Glass’s would like to wish all our customers and contacts a great Christmas and prosperous New Year!