Turks count cost of crisis, austerity looms

In the first official price hike on Feb 26, 2001 sparked by last week's shock 36 percent lira devaluation against the dollar, prices rose 10 percent on state monopoly Tekel goods including cigarettes, salt and Turks' favourite aniseed-flavoured alcoholic drink, raki. Across the board price increase are expected soon. The energy ministry, however, has said it would keep the price of fuel, which Turkey imports, on hold until after a March 3-10 religious holiday for the Islamic Feast of the Sacr