In the face of marginal demand, VCR vital signs continue in slow-death form. ...¶... With demand for the 32-year-old technology falling dramatically over the last 10 years, Dixons decided it was time to ditch it. In contrast, sales of DVD players grew seven-fold during the last five years; at Dixons, DVD sales currently outperform VCR sales by 40 to 1. ¶ Across the Atlantic, sales of stand-alone VCRs dropped 52.6 percent to 6.4 million units in 2003, according to the U.S. Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This decline is expected to continue to 4.9 million units in 2004. ... Link: Red Herring.