This new year offers no quarter to the consumer. Almost all services, such as public transport, bottled gas, electricity and - you name it - are going up, and not only because VAT is rising by 2%, from 16 to 18% on all but the most basic products. The government is in crisis mode: it isn't cutting costs particularly, but it is trying to raise money from wherever it can. As usual, it's the consmer who pays. You will find a listing of what is going up (and down, not a lot) and, wherever possible, by how much in a sneak preview of CampoPulse.