Altos reports inventory is down 2.6% week-over-week and down 4.8% from the peak on October 28th.
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This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.
As of December 2nd, inventory was at 549 thousand (7-day average), compared to 564 thousand the prior week.
Compared to the same week in 2021, inventory is up 56.7% from 350 thousand, and compared to the same week in 2020 inventory is up 14.2% from 481 thousand. However, compared to 3 years ago (2019), inventory is down 34.1% from 834 thousand.
Here are the inventory milestones I’ve been watching for with the Altos data:
1. The seasonal bottom (happened on March 4, 2022, for Altos) ✅
2. Inventory up year-over-year (happened on May 20, 2022, for Altos) ✅
3. Inventory up compared to 2020 (happened on October 7, 2022, for Altos) ✅
4. Inventory up compared to 2019 (currently down 34.1%).
Here is a graph of the inventory change vs 2021 (milestone 2 above), 2020 (milestone 3) and 2019 (milestone 4). The blue line is the year-over-year data, the red line is compared to two years ago, and dashed purple is compared to 2019.
A key will be if inventory declines slower than usual during the winter months.