Contrasted with the high growth years of the past, and the years when multiple retailers exited the video business, 1999 was a quiet year for home entertainment in supermarkets. It did not grow significantly, nor did it contract much, while rental buying programs, and the growth of DVD and video games occupied much of buyers' time and attention. Supermarkets started the year complaining about heightened competition from the big video specialty chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood, and ...

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