INDEPENDENT VIDEO RETAILERS CALL BIG CHAINS BAD NEWS

DAN ALAIMO ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The plight of the independent video retailer facing an onslaught of competition from big specialty chains took center stage at the East Coast Video Show here.The issue, which also affects many supermarkets with small- to medium-size video-rental programs, was addressed in several sessions at which heated rhetoric was directed against big chains -- and the alleged

DAN ALAIMO ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The plight of the independent video retailer facing an onslaught of competition from big specialty chains took center stage at the East Coast Video Show here.

The issue, which also affects many supermarkets with small- to medium-size video-rental programs, was addressed in several sessions at which heated rhetoric was directed against big chains -- and the alleged deals they have with the studios. Retailers also were concerned about the complexity and

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