PORTLAND, Ore. -- In reporting fiscal 1996 financials for BlowOut Video here, Steve Berns, president and chief executive officer, said same-store sales increased 6% for the year. ompany's total store count is up from 157 at the end of 1995, despite closing 27 underperforming stores. Seventy new locations were opened, said Berns. "We've embarked on a plan of controlled growth," said Berns. "We believe that it will be a combination of growth with the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, and ...

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