Any price increase is pure speculation. Give em hell when it happens but for now there is nothing to confirm or deny such action.
Having just announced their price for the crane and been widely condemned it would be commercial suicide to announce another increase so soon after the first.
I would like to say this is as you say "Pure Speculation",however the reality is that this is the norm for Bachmann, who have hiked prices each time the new range/catalogue is released.
Time will only tell if I'm right, but past form confirms my post.
Some folk keep buying their products whatever the price.