Sharp rise in public fears over euro price hikes

BELGIUM - Governments in the 12-nation eurozone were given a stark warning yesterday about growing public concern that January's changeover to euro notes and coins will be exploited for unfair price rises.

The latest "flash eurobarometer" survey of public sentiment published by the European Commission registered a five percentage point rise in the index tracking fears of abuses and cheating over prices. It rose from 61 per cent in May and March this year to 66 per cent.

Noting the index had pre

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