4TH-QUARTER MYSTERY

While retailers went into past fourth quarters strong in the knowledge that the summer box office had hit new highs and DVD sales were on a gravity-defying upswing, this year it's another matter.No one knows for sure if video sales will meet, much less beat, last year's numbers, as the summer box office has been, as is being widely reported, anemic. Meanwhile, DVD growth percentages are still healthy,

While retailers went into past fourth quarters strong in the knowledge that the summer box office had hit new highs and DVD sales were on a gravity-defying upswing, this year it's another matter.

No one knows for sure if video sales will meet, much less beat, last year's numbers, as the summer box office has been, as is being widely reported, anemic. Meanwhile, DVD growth percentages are still healthy, but coming down to earth.

Will the summer finish strong, with a big blockbu

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