REPORT: DVD RENTAL SURGES IN FIRST QUARTER

ENCINO, Calif. -- DVD rentals grew at a torrid pace during the first quarter, according to a recent report by the Video Software Dealers Association, based here.During the six-week period from Jan. 6 through March 17, the DVD share of the video rental market grew to 28.9%, or $542 million (172 million rental units). That's an increase of more than 12 percentage points over 2001, when year-end DVD

ENCINO, Calif. -- DVD rentals grew at a torrid pace during the first quarter, according to a recent report by the Video Software Dealers Association, based here.

During the six-week period from Jan. 6 through March 17, the DVD share of the video rental market grew to 28.9%, or $542 million (172 million rental units). That's an increase of more than 12 percentage points over 2001, when year-end DVD rentals accounted for 16.6% of video rental spending. Spending on VHS through the six we

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