RETAILERS USE GUESSWORK TO MAKE ROOM FOR DVD

ST. LOUIS -- With 15,000 titles available on DVD and counting, retailers are playing a guessing game with space allocation and copy depth as studios release duplicate versions of titles on DVD and VHS.Some retailers are making room for the new format by decreasing their stock of older titles, and all are finding that they must evaluate each title on a case-by-case basis to determine the right mix

ST. LOUIS -- With 15,000 titles available on DVD and counting, retailers are playing a guessing game with space allocation and copy depth as studios release duplicate versions of titles on DVD and VHS.

Some retailers are making room for the new format by decreasing their stock of older titles, and all are finding that they must evaluate each title on a case-by-case basis to determine the right mix of formats to offer.

"It's not really a formula," said Denis Oldani, director of

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