- 2022 was a big year for flutes, with a similar increase in both Units and Value compared to the previous year and just a slight drop in AUV.
- Notwithstanding the possibility of some non-flute instruments finding their way into this code, there do appear to be 'spike' years for this Category. However, for the past three years Units and Value have been moving in the same direction.
- The fourth quarter contributed much of this increase. While the typical pattern is higher imports in the 1st & 4th quarters, in 2022 the first quarter was slightly below average while the fourth was well above. For this reason, use some caution when interpreting the results that have not been consistent throughout the year.
Outliers & Data Issues
- This category does have very low value outliers, < $10 AUV. For the purpose of this report they are assumed to be other wind instruments like flutes, ie. recorders or tin whistles, and are re-coded as 'Other Wind' instruments.